SANTA ANA (AP) — Health officials say a dead bat found in an Orange County park last weekend has tested positive for rabies.

The Orange County Health Care Agency is asking that anyone who came in contact with a bat in Laguna Niguel Regional Park contact the agency to learn if they could be at risk for the disease.

Rabies is generally transmitted from to humans through the bites of infected animals. In recent years, most human infections in the United States have been caused by rabies strains found in bats. Because bats’ teeth are small, their bites can sometimes go unnoticed.

Although easily curable when treated early, rabies can result in death if left untreated.

Health officials say dead bat was found in the park on Saturday.

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