Dead Bat Tests Positive For Rabies In El Paso County

By: KKTV Email
By: KKTV Email

A wild bat found dead in El Paso County has tested positive for rabies. It was discovered Monday afternoon near the sidewalk just outside the entrance of the Starsmore Discovery Center.

The El Paso County Department of Public Health reports that there is no reason to believe the bat came into contact with humans. If anyone did handle or touch the dead animal, or believes a child or pet did, you should call (719) 578-3220 or (719) 339-3230 after 4:30 p.m.

Rabies is a fatal disease that can be spread from an animal to a person by bite or scratch. There is medication available that will prevent infection for anyone who may have been exposed.

It is estimated that less than 1 percent of bats are infected with rabies.

To avoid exposure to rabies:

-Never touch a wild bat or any other wild animal. A healthy bat likely will not come near enough to be touched, so a bat that is slow, lying on the ground or that lands on a person could be showing signs of illness. If you can touch the animal, chances are it is sick. Children who find a bat should leave it where it is and tell an adult.

-Do not pick up a bat with your hands, even if you’re wearing gloves. Use a shovel and double trash bags.

-If you are bitten by a bat or if you suspect you’ve been exposed to its saliva, try to contain the bat without touching it, and contact your local animal control agency or health department so the bat can be tested.

-Make sure your pets are vaccinated against rabies.


KKTV firmly believes in freedom of speech for all and we are happy to provide this forum for the community to share opinions and facts. We ask that commenters keep it clean, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments left here do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of KKTV 11 News.

If you believe that any of the comments on our site are inappropriate or offensive, please tell us by clicking “Report Abuse” and answering the questions that follow. We will review any reported comments promptly.

powered by Disqus
KKTV 520 E. Colorado Colorado Springs, CO 80903 Office: (719) 634-2844 Fax: (719) 632-0808 News Fax: (719) 634-3741
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 165648026 - kktv.com/a?a=165648026