Bat tests positive for rabies in Mesa County |

Bat tests positive for rabies in Mesa County

A bat has tested positive for rabies in Mesa County, the Mesa County Health Department announced. The bat had contact with domestic pets, and the exposed animals have been quarantined by Mesa County Animal Services.

“This is a good time to remind people to keep their pets’ rabies vaccinations up to date and take a few simple precautions to avoid pets coming in contact with wildlife,” said Penny McCarty, director of Mesa County Animal Services. “Having pets vaccinated is the simplest and most effective way to protect pets and family members from this deadly disease.”

All dogs and cats in the county must have documentation of a current rabies vaccination.

Rabies is a virus that affects the nervous system of humans and other mammals, resulting in a fatal disease. People and animals get rabies from the bite or saliva of a rabid animal.

The last human case of rabies in Colorado was reported in 1931. There is no treatment for rabies once the symptoms of the disease appear.

Animals with rabies will exhibit abnormal behavior that can include nocturnal species being active during the day, animals approaching humans and difficulty walking. Some animals with rabies will be very aggressive, while others may be lethargic. Suspected rabid animals should be avoided and reported to local authorities.

For more information, call Veronica Daehn Harvey at the Mesa County Health Department at 970-248-6927 or Mesa County Animal Services at 970-242-4646.

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