Jefferson County, Colo. — A bat found in Lakewood, near Morrison Road and Wadsworth Boulevard, tested positive for rabies on June 13, 2018. This is the first bat to test positive for rabies in Jefferson County 2018. Though this is the county’s first rabies-positive bat, skunk rabies continues to be a concern across the Metro Denver area, with 14 skunks testing positive for the disease this year in Jeffco.
So far in 2018, Colorado has seen more rabies-positive animals than in all of 2017, and peak rabies season is far from over.
Though the bat had no known human exposures, one dog was exposed. The dog is current on its rabies vaccine and will be advised to get a rabies booster shot and placed under a 45-day home observation period.
The rabies virus, which is transmitted from infected animals through contact with their saliva or through bites, is nearly always fatal to animals and can be fatal to humans if left untreated.
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 committed to promoting and protecting health across the lifespan through prevention, education and partnerships for all people. To learn more about JCPH, visit https://www.jeffco.us/public-health. You can also follow JCPH on Twitter @JeffcoPH and Facebook @jeffcopublichealth.