Colorado

Aug 31, 2010 11:42 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Couple linked to rabid bat finally found

The El Paso County Health Department has finally found the two people who dropped off a rabid bat at the Pikes Peak Humane Society on Aug. 15. Their health is being evaluated.

"We are relieved that we are able to conduct a proper investigation of this situation," said Marigny Klaber, M.S., communicable disease epidemiologist for the Health Department.

Rabies cases have increased rapidly in wild animals the past few years in Colorado. Rabies is fatal in humans. Symptoms include:

• Pain or tingling at the site of the bite.
• Hallucinations-seeing things that aren't really there.
• Hydrophobia-a fear of water caused by spasms of the throat.
• Paralysis of body parts.

 

 

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