Jefferson County, Colo. – A bat found on May 20, 2020 in Littleton near the intersection of C-470 and South Platte Canyon Road just north of Chatfield State Park has tested positive for rabies. This is the first rabid animal to be found in Jefferson County in 2020. In 2019, there were 17 rabid animals found in Jefferson County, and eight of those were bats.
The bat was found in a private residential yard, and there is the potential for both human and animal exposure. The homeowner has been advised to contact their physician about post-exposure prophylaxis to mitigate this risk. The dog that lives at the residence was up-to-date on its rabies vaccination, and will be given a booster and placed under a 45-day observation period.
Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) encourages residents to take several precautions to prevent exposure and minimize harm from this deadly virus:
To report a suspicious or dead animal or an animal bite, please contact your local animal control agency, or Jefferson County Animal Control at 303-271-5070.
For more information about rabies, please contact JCPH’s Animal Borne Disease Program, part of the Environmental Health Services Division, at 303-232-6301, or visit www.jeffco.us/2365.
About Jefferson County Public Health
Public health is what we as a society do collectively to prevent illness and premature death and promote health in our neighborhoods and communities. Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is a nationally accredited health department committed to promoting and protecting health across the lifespan for all people through prevention, education and partnerships. To learn more about JCPH visit https://www.jeffco.us/public-health. You can also follow JCPH on Twitter @JeffcoPH, Instagram @JeffcoPH and Facebook @jeffcopublichealth.