Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Rabid bat found

Posted By on Tue, Jul 30, 2019 at 4:45 PM

click to enlarge COURTESY EL PASO COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH
  • Courtesy El Paso County Public Health
Authorities recently confirmed another animal in El Paso County carried rabies, prompting a warning to pet owners.

Found in a home in the city, the bat is the 10th animal to test positive this summer, along with seven skunks, a fox and a dog.

Rabies is a virus that infects wild mammals, especially bats, raccoons, skunks and foxes. Squirrels and rabbits are not considered a rabies risk, El Paso County Public Health stated in a release.

People bitten or scratched by an unfamiliar animal should contact their doctor immediately. Public Health urges residents: to vaccinate pets; contact a vet if a pet is exposed to a wild animal; don’t touch or feed wild animals; keep dogs on a leash and cats inside at night. If you find bat in your house, call Public Health at 578-3220.

The worst year for confirmed rabies cases was 2018 when six bats, 60 skunks and one raccoon were infected.

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