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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:
August 22, 2014
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