Bat tests positive for rabies in Mesa County

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The Mesa County Health Department said Friday that two domestic pets were quarantined after recent contact with a rabies-positive bat.

“Having pets vaccinated is the simplest and most effective way to protect pets and family members from this deadly disease,” Mesa County Animal Services Director Penny McCarty said in a news release.

All dogs and cats in Mesa County must have proof of a current rabies vaccination.

Rabies is a virus affecting the nervous system of humans and other mammals and is potentially fatal. Rabies is contracted from the bite or saliva of a rabid animal. There’s no treatment once symptoms appear.

The last human case in Colorado was reported in 1931.

Symptomatic behavior can include difficulty walking. Some animals with rabies will be aggressive, while others may seem lethargic, according to the Health Department.


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