GARFIELD COUNTY, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Garfield County Public Health has issued new warnings about rabies due to seasonal bat activity in the region.
“In our region, contact with infected bats is the primary source of rabies. If someone suspects they have been bitten and can safely and properly contain the animal, we can test it for rabies," states Danielle Dudley, a nurse with Garfield County Public Health. "We want to encourage people not to touch wildlife."
Statewide, 120 animals ranging from bats, skunks, raccoons, dogs- they have been all tested positive for the disease so far this year. Here in Western Colorado, the most common source of rabies is from bats.
Worldwide, dogs are the leading carrier of rabies, due to low immunization rates in pets.