Rabies

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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Rabid Fox Attacks Resident in Southwest Colorado Springs

A Colorado Springs man is recovering after being attacked by a rabid fox on August 3, 2013 on Broadlake View in southwest Colorado Springs, near the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. The resident was attempting to protect his dog when the fox attacked.

This is the second fox to test positive for rabies within 3 weeks in the same neighborhood. The first fox was found about a half-mile away on High Lake View on July 20. No one is believed to have been exposed to the first rabid fox.

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First Rabid Fox Found in Southwestern El Paso County

The first fox to test positive for rabies this season was found near High Lake View, in Colorado Springs near the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in El Paso County on July 20, 2013. The fox had been hit by a car and later tested for rabies. This is the first terrestrial mammal to test positive for rabies west of I-25 in El Paso County. No one is believed to have been exposed to the rabid fox.

“Rabies has been found in animals in rural areas, and now it’s into urban areas,” said Jill Law, R.N., M.H.A., Director of El Paso County Public Health.

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