Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) received its first rabies-positive test result this year from a bat specimen submitted to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment laboratory for testing on May 7, 2012.
Thus far this year, JCPH has submitted 31 animals for rabies testing including, 3 raccoons, 6 skunks, 12 dogs, 7 cats, 2 bats and a squirrel.
The rabies positive bat was found by a homeowner near a window well in Littleton, Colorado. The bat was dead when found and no human exposure is known to have occurred.
JCPH reminds residents and pet owners of the importance of keeping livestock, dogs, cats and ferrets up-to-date on their rabies vaccinations and taking additional precautions to prevent rabies exposure.
The rabies virus is found in the saliva of an infected animal. The virus can be transmitted when a rabid animal bites or scratches another animal or person.