Notice

El Paso County Public Health will be closed on Monday, January 21 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. El Paso County Public Health will also not be administering tuberculosis skin tests until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

Rabies

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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First Rabid Bat of the Season Identified in El Paso County

El Paso County, Colo. — El Paso County Public Health reports the first rabid bat of the season. This bat was found by three children on the Southwest part of Colorado Springs, near 30th St. and Colorado Avenue. So far, two of the three children were recommended rabies post exposure prophylaxis because of the encounter. Dr. Bill Letson, El Paso County Medical Director emphasizes the importance of teaching young people not to handle or go near wildlife, even when just trying to help.

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