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    Did you Touch a Bat? Possible Rabies Exposure in Arvada, CO


    Jefferson County, CO -- Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is alerting the public that a bat found on the grounds of an apartment complex at 10080 W. 59th Avenue in Arvada, Colorado has tested positive for rabies.  Individuals who may have come in contact with this bat are at risk of being exposed to rabies and should contact their medical provider as soon as possible to receive immediate medical treatment. 

    Rabies is a serious disease that affects the nervous system and can be fatal if left untreated. Jefferson County Health officials advise that even what may seem as insignificant contact with a bat may still be sufficient to transmit the rabies virus. Rabies is spread most often through contact with bat saliva, as a result of bites or from exposure to cuts on the skin. In some instances, people may be unaware that they were bitten and may not see puncture wounds. 

    While only a small percentage of bats are infected with rabies,  it is important to avoid close contact with them.  The public should contact their local animal control if they find a dead bat or if they find a bat behaving strangely. Animal control will determine whether the bat needs to be collected and tested.  Animal Control will collect specimens for rabies testing if there is a possibility that the bat had contact with people or their pets--particularly within the home or other enclosed buildings.

    Steps to Control and Prevent rabies:

    • Avoid contact with all stray and wild animals, including bats.
    • Vaccinate all cats, dogs, ferrets, and valuable livestock.
    • Do not allow pets to roam free.
    • Teach children to leave wildlife alone
    • If bitten or scratched by a pet or wild animal, immediately wash any wounds with soap and water and contact your healthcare provider.
    • If you are concerned that you or one of your animals might have been exposed to rabies, seek medical or veterinary attention immediately.



    Resources:

    • For more information or to report a suspicious animal, please contact your local Animal Control agency or Jefferson County Animal Control: 303-271-5070
    • For more information on rabies and prevention tips please visit our web site at: http://jeffco.us/public-health/animal-borne-disease/rabies/ or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at  http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/ or call the JCPH Animal-borne Disease Program at at 303-271-5700.


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    Nancy Braden
    Public Health Communications/PIO
    303-239-7137
    nbraden@jeffco.us

    August 22, 2014

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    Last Updated: 8-22-2014