Bat tests positive for rabies in Mesa County

The Mesa County Health Department today said 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 was quoted in a Health Department news release.

All dogs and cats in Mesa County must have proof of 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 of the disease appear. The last human case of rabies in Colorado was reported in 1931.

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


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