Posted: Aug 10, 2012 12:15 PM by Alyse Rzemek
A wild bat found dead Monday afternoon near the sidewalk just outside the entrance of the Starsmore Discovery Center, 2120 S. Cheyenne Cañon Road, has tested positive for rabies.
There are no reports of people coming in contact with the bat, and the likelihood of exposure to the public is low, however El Paso County Public Health is taking precautionary steps to determine if anyone touched the bat.
People have reported seeing a bat flying during the day and landing on tree trunks near the bridge at the nature center from Saturday, Aug. 4 through Sunday, Aug. 5. Anyone who may have handled or touched the bat, or learns that a child or pet had contact with the bat Saturday through Monday should contact El Paso County Public Health at 719-578-3220. Or to reach staff after hours, you can call 719-339-3230.
Rabies is a fatal disease that can be spread from a bat to a person or pet by a bite or scratch, even if very small or barely noticeable. Any human or pet who may have been bitten or scratched by this bat is at risk for getting rabies. There is medication available for exposed people that will prevent rabies infection. Those who saw the bat or were in the area and had no physical contact are not at risk.