VNA issues bat-related rabies warning
July 1, 2011
Steamboat Springs — 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:
Do not pick up or handle bats.
Keep pets up-to-date on their rabies vaccination.
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: http://www.cdc.gov/rabies.