Rabies

Bat found at Rainbow Falls Historic Site Tests Positive for Rabies

El Paso County, CO – A bat found at the Rainbow Falls Historic Site near Manitou Springs was recently confirmed to have rabies, making it the 12th animal to test positive for the disease in El Paso County this year. People who may have come in contact with, or had their pets come in contact with, the bat are encouraged to contact the Public Health Communicable Disease Division at (719) 578-3220.

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Bat Tests Positive for Rabies in El Paso County

El Paso County, CO – A bat was recently confirmed to have rabies, making it the 10th animal to test positive for the disease in El Paso County this year. Rabies is more common in the summer months, and El Paso County Public Health urges people to protect their pets and families by taking the precautions listed below.

Rabies is a virus that infects wild mammals, especially bats, raccoons, skunks and foxes. Squirrels and rabbits are not considered a rabies risk.

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Dog tests positive for rabies in El Paso County

CORRECTION: El Paso County Public Health can’t confirm where the dog’s rabies vaccine came from or who administered the vaccine, based upon further information received.

El Paso County, CO – On March 15, a dog in El Paso County tested positive for rabies. Individuals and animals who have been exposed to the rabid dog have been assessed by El Paso County Public Health and are receiving preventative vaccination.

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Bat found outside northeast Colorado Springs convenience store tests positive for rabies

El Paso County, Colorado – A bat found outside Alta Convenience Store, 3945 Palmer Park Blvd., has tested positive for rabies. This is the first rabid bat in El Paso County in 2018.

Customers first spotted the bat under an ice machine at the store on Thursday, May 31. Anyone who may have touched the bat or believe that a child or pet had contact with the bat on or after May 31 should call El Paso County Public Health immediately at (719) 578-3220 because they may be at risk for getting rabies.

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Skunks in Colorado Springs test positive for rabies

El Paso County, CO – A total of 10 skunks have tested positive for rabies in El Paso County this year, with four of those skunks found close to densely populated urban areas near downtown Colorado Springs and Palmer Park. According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, rabies is now found routinely along the Front Range.

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Rabid Skunk Found South of Colorado Springs Airport

El Paso County, Colorado – El Paso County Public Health is urging residents to take steps to protect themselves, pets, and livestock from rabies after a skunk found south of the Colorado Springs Airport has tested positive for rabies.

This is the fifteenth confirmed rabid animal (8 skunks, 7 bats) in El Paso County in 2017 and the first to be found in this area this year.

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Skunk Found in Monument Tests Positive for Rabies

El Paso County, Colorado – El Paso County Public Health is urging residents to take steps to protect themselves, pets, and livestock from rabies after a skunk found in Monument has tested positive for rabies.

This is the first rabid skunk found west of I-25 since 2013, and is the seventh confirmed rabid animal in El Paso County this year.  

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Bat Found at Quail Lake Tests Positive for Rabies

El Paso County, Colorado – A bat found alive at Quail Lake, has tested positive for rabies. This is the first rabid bat in El Paso County in 2017.

The bat was found on Saturday, May 13 at 10:32 a.m. on a dirt path leading to the west shore of Quail Lake, 915 Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., about 10- 20 feet from the water and close to the playground. The bat was removed by the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region the same day at 10:53 a.m.  On May 17, 2017 the bat tested positive for rabies at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Laboratory.

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Skunk in Black Forest tests positive for rabies

El Paso County, CO – A skunk has tested positive for rabies in Black Forest, Colorado. El Paso County Public Health is urging residents to protect themselves by never touching or feeding wild or stray animals, and keeping pets up to date on rabies vaccination. Rabies is almost always fatal in humans if exposed by a bite or scratch from a rabid animal, and not treated.

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Protect your pets and family by vaccinating pets for rabies

El Paso County Public Health is urging residents to keep pets up to date on rabies vaccination after seeing an increase in reports of pets being exposed to bats or other rabid animals.

In 2015, El Paso County Public Health has investigated reports of 17 pets with exposures to animals suspected or known to have rabies. In 2014, EPCPH investigated reports of 5 pets with similar exposures.

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