Colorado

Aug 18, 2010 6:02 PM by Zach Thaxton

People who dropped off bat may have contracted rabies

The young man and woman who dropped off a bat at the Pikes Peak Humane Society early Sunday morning may have come in contact with rabies, which is almost always fatal in humans.

The bat was placed in an empty Miller Lite 9-pack cardboard container and left on a counter in the Animal Receiving area of the Pikes Peak Humane Society at around 2:30 Sunday morning.  Surveillance cameras captured a young man and woman in their 20s dropping off the bat.  They were driving what appeared to be a late-model Jeep Cherokee.

"In order to get a bat into this box, it would've required some manipulation," said Regional Epidemiologist Marigny Klaber.  "So, we are concerned that unless the person had on heavy leather gloves, there is quite likely an exposure to that person."

In humans, rabies attacks the central nervous system and the victims rarely survive.  Klaber says the Health Department urgently wants to meet with the pair that brought the bat to the Humane Society so they can assess their level of contact with the bat.  If necessary, they will be prescribed medication.

The duo that dropped the bat off is asked to call the El Paso County Health Department at 578-3220 Monday through Thursday between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. or 339-3230 after hours.

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