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BAT TESTED POSITIVE FOR RABIES
SAGUACHE COUNTY – A bat found by a resident of Saguache County tested positive for rabies this week. Fortunately, the individual was able to contact local public health and have the animal tested before any persons were exposed to the deadly virus. “We want to remind the public to protect themselves and their animals, and emphasize the importance of reporting animals that may have been exposed to a rabid animal or that may be showing signs of rabies, such as unusual behavior,” said Samantha Escobedo, SLV Regional Epidemiologist.
Fortunately, rabies is preventable. Have your pets vaccinated for rabies, and if your pet comes in contact with a bat or a skunk, notify a veterinarian and/or public health department right away. Also remember not to feed, touch or adopt wild animals and be cautious around stray cats and dogs. Rabid animals do not always appear vicious. If you notice a wild animal exhibiting strange behavior, call your local animal control or law enforcement agency and do not touch the animal.
Colorado has seen a significant increase in rabies in recent years along the Front Range and to a lesser extent in eastern Colorado. According to statewide data from Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, as of July 31, 63 animals have tested positive for rabies in Colorado so far in 2015. For more information about rabies please call your county health department or visit www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/rabies.
Alamosa County Public Health, Della Cox-Vieira RN, MPH, Director
8900 Independence Way, Alamosa, CO 81101
Office: 719-589-6639Fax: 719-589-1103Cell: 719-429-4832
Conejos County Public Health, Connie Edgar FNP-C, DNP, Director
19023 HWY 285, P. O. Box 78, La Jara, CO 81140
Office: 719-274-4307Fax: 719-274-4309 Cell: 719-850-4307
Costilla County Public Health, Vivian Gallegos RN, Director
233 Main St. Suite C, P. O. Box 99, San Luis, CO 81152
Office: 719- 672-3332Direct line: 719-672-3456Fax: 719-672-3856Cell: 719-206-0118
Rio Grande County Public Health, Emily Brown MPH, CPH, Director
925 6th Street, Rm 101 - Del Norte, CO 81132
Office: (719) 657-3352Direct: (719) 657-4231Cell: (719) 850-0040Fax: (719) 657-2286
Hinsdale and Mineral County Public Health, Tara Hardy M.S, Director
802 Rio Grande Ave., P. O. Box 425, Creede, CO 81130
Lake City main office: 970-944-0321 Creede office: 719-658-2416 Cell: 970- 819-1028
Saguache County Public Health, Alyssa OBrien RN, SCPHN; Crowfox Christi Fleming, Acting Co-Directors
220 S. Worth St, Center CO 81125/ PO Box 68 Saguache CO 81144
Center office: 719-754-2773 Fax: 719-754-2630