Bats test positive for rabies in Bayfield


By Michelle Wilson
Special to The SUN

Two bats tested positive for rabies Aug. 25 in Bayfield. No human contact was reported, but there was suspicion of domesticated animal exposure.

If you think your pet or domestic animal has been exposed to rabies due to a wild animal bite, contact a veterinarian or San Juan Basin Health immediately.

Remember to keep vaccinations current for cats, dogs and other animals. According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) Rabies Prevention and Control Policy, precautions must be taken if there is suspicion that a pet has had sufficient contact with a wild animal that is unable to be tested or has tested positive for rabies. These measures may include a simple 45-day home observation for pets with current vaccinations or up to a 90-day quarantine in a secured facility with an additional 90 days at home for those who have never been vaccinated.

Humans get rabies from the bite of a rabies-infected animal (rabid animal). Any wild mammal, such as raccoon, skunk, fox, coyote or bat can have rabies and transmit it to humans through a bite. It is also possible, although rare, for persons to get rabies when infectious material, such as saliva from a rabid animal, gets into an individual’s eyes, nose, mouth or open wound.

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