Montrose, COLO.—The Montrose County Public Health Department has confirmed a case of rabies in a bat in the county. A member of the public observed a bat flying in an erratic pattern fall to the ground. The individual safely stored the bat and brought it to a local veterinarian for testing. The bat was then sent to the state lab where rabies was confirmed.
“At this time, there is no immediate danger to the public or cause for concern,” said Montrose County Health and Human Services Director Stephen Tullos. The public health department would like to take the opportunity to remind community members to make sure their pets are up to date on rabies shots, avoid stray and wild animals, and take other precautions against rabies.
Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. The vast majority of rabies cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) each year occur in wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes.
Rabies in humans can be eliminated through ensuring adequate animal vaccination and control, educating those at risk, and enhancing access of those bitten to appropriate medical care. Rabies in humans is 100 percent preventable through prompt appropriate medical care but can be fatal in humans once symptoms appear.
To avoid rabies
Recognizing sick wildlife
For more information, visit the Colorado Department of Health & Environments site rabies web page at https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/rabies.