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The Larimer County Department of Health and Environment (LCDHE) has confirmed that a bat in Larimer County has tested positive for rabies. Four people who were exposed to the bat have undergone postexposure prophylaxis treatment. This bat marks the 10th animal that has tested positive for rabies in Larimer County this year. 

Rabies is spread primarily by saliva through the bite of a rabid animal. Once symptoms of rabies infection appear, there is no cure and the infection is fatal. People that have been exposed to rabies can receive medication treatment to prevent illness. In Larimer County, positive rabies is most normally found in skunks and bats but does occasionally cross into other species.

LCDHE reminds pet and livestock owners to keep their animals up-to-date on rabies vaccinations to prevent lengthy and costly quarantines—or even euthanasia—if they have an encounter with a rabid animal.  Livestock owners should check with their veterinarians about rabies vaccinations for their horses, cattle, and other livestock. 

“This is the time of year when we start to see rabies in the bats and skunks in Larimer County,” says Dr. Chris-Nevin Woods, Medical Director for Larimer County Department of Health and Environment. “It’s a good time to remind everyone to not touch wildlife and to make sure that your pets are up-to-date on their rabies vaccinations.”

Ways to protect you and your family:

  • Do not feed or touch wildlife.
  • Teach children to observe wildlife from a distance and to notify an adult if there is a wild animal in the area or if they are bitten or scratched.  
  • Eliminate food sources for wild animals by not feeding pets outdoors, closing pet doors especially at night, and tightly closing garbage cans and feed bins.
  • Ensure that your pets, horses and livestock are up-to-date on their rabies vaccinations. 

For the latest information on rabies in Larimer County, visit

Published on: 
Monday, June 8, 2020 - 12:47pm
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