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First rabid bat of 2017 found in El Paso County

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A live bat found at Quail Lake in El Paso County has tested positive for rabies, the first rabid bat in the county in 2017. The bat was found Saturday, May 13th at about 10:30 a.m. on a dirt path leading to the west shore of the lake. It was found about 10- 20 feet from the water and close to the playground. The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region removed the bat the same day. 

There are no reports of anyone coming in contact with the bat at this time. Anyone who may have handled or touched the bat, or thinks their child or pet may have come in contact with it before it was removed should contact El Paso County Public Health at (719) 578-3220.

Rabies is fatal in humans if not treated. Any person or pet who may have been bitten or scratched by the bat is at risk. The exposure can take place even if the scratch is barely noticeable. Rabies can also be spread when saliva from an infected animal gets into an already open wound, or the membranes of the eyes, nose or mouth. Those who saw the bat or were simply in the area at the time but had no physical contact are not at risk. 

Here are some ways to recognize sick wildlife:

Not running away when spotted or approached by people, healthy animals are typically afraid of humans.
Wildlife suffering from rabies typically act aggressively toward people and pets.
Rabid wildlife can also be overly passive and want to hide, have trouble walking or stumble.

So far in 2017, there have been three cases of rabies in animals in El Paso County including this bat, the other cases were both skunks. Last year there were three bats found.

If you come across an animal that you think is sick or diseased report it to Colorado Parks and Wildlife at (719) 227-5200. 

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