Thu Jun 30th, 2022
San Juan Basin Public Health
Tags: Rabies, Rabies Vaccination, rabies-infected (rabid) animal, San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH)
A bat found in a home in the Bayfield area last week tested positive for rabies. While a bite has not been reported, the humans and pets living in the home are receiving post-exposure and preventive treatment.
Rabies is regularly found in Colorado wildlife, especially skunks and bats. Interaction between humans and wild animals, particularly bats, skunks, foxes, and raccoons, increases the risk of rabies exposure to pets and people. If you see wildlife that is acting unusual, call La Plata County Animal Protection at 970-385-2900 or Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife at 970-247-0855 immediately.
San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) urges residents to stay away from stray and wild animals, check pets’ vaccination status, and take other precautions to avoid rabies. The vaccine can prevent companion animals from getting rabies from wildlife and possibly exposing your whole family to the disease.
Rabies is spread primarily through the bite of rabid animals. It is almost always fatal in humans once symptoms appear. People who have been bitten or scratched by an unfamiliar animal should contact their health care provider immediately to reduce the risk of rabies.
To avoid rabies: