VNA issues bat-related rabies warning

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— Local and state health officials are receiving reports of bat colonies roosting in older homes and structures around Colorado, including Routt County, according to the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association.

Recently, a Routt County resident received rabies treatment because of a potential bat bite. For 2011, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment lab has confirmed 14 bats have tested positive for rabies.

These prevention guidelines are recommended, the VNA wrote in a news release:

  1. Do not pick up or handle bats.

  2. Keep pets up-to-date on their rabies vaccination.

  3. Keep bats out of your home.

Direct bat contact, especially bites, should be taken seriously and a health care provider consulted. Additional information on bats and rabies is on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website: www.cdc.gov/rabies.

Comments

Andrew Hensleu 2 years, 9 months ago

Hmm wow. Interesting to see this. The "Routt County resident" who " received rabies treatment " we me. :P

Sad think is it was because our house is infested with bats, but the heath department wont let us move them because apparently bats are more important then people.

Let the bats stay in our roof, it might hurt them to move them. Instead just go get a set of PAINFUL and expensive rabies shots.

Worst part of it all is the fact that my 3 younger brothers cant even go outside during the summer because of the droppings....

WOW.... Thats just sick.

Sit outside our house, and you can see 1 bat leave the house PER SECOND ( Pro came out and counted and took video )

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Craig Stanton 2 years, 9 months ago

Most bats behaving normally are perfectly safe. Bats with rabies will behave differently from the rest and often lose ability to fly. Never handle a downed bat or a bat that's out during the day etc. Call animal control and keep pets and kids away.

http://wildlife.state.co.us/WildlifeSpecies/LivingWithWildlife/Mammals/

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