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Rabid bat found at popular Springs lake

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - El Paso County Public Health says a bat that was found at Quail Lake Saturday has tested positive for rabies.

The bat was found alive on a dirt path leading to the west short of the lake, which is located at 915 Cheyenne Mountain Boulevard. 

The bat was found near a playground about 15 feet from the water.

There are no reports of people coming in contact with the bat, and the likelihood of exposure to the public is low, however, El Paso County Public Health is taking precautionary steps to determine if anyone is at risk for exposure.

Anyone who may have handled or touched the bat, or believes that a child or pet had contact with the bat on Saturday before 10:53 a.m. should contact El Paso County Public Health at 719-578-3220.

Rabies is fatal in humans if exposed by a bite or scratch from a rabid animal, and not treated. It can be spread from a bat to a person or pet by a bite or scratch, even if very small or barely noticeable. Rabies also can be spread when saliva from an infected animal gets into open wounds, cuts or enters through membranes of the eyes, nose, or mouth.

In El Paso County there have been 3 cases of rabies in animals (1 bat and 2 skunks) in 2017.

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