Bats swarm for insects. Photo Credit: milehightraveler (iStock)

Bats swarm for insects. Photo Credit: milehightraveler (iStock)

On Wednesday, a bat tested positive for rabies along the I-70 corridor in Golden, Colorado. This prompted Jefferson County officials to issue a warning about the animal, informing the public that they may have been exposed to rabies if they came in contact with the bat.

Along with the warning was a list of tips for preventing the spread of rabies. The tips included vaccinating pets and livestock, avoiding contact with stray animals, keeping pets on leash, contacting animal control if a dead bat or skunk is found, cover exposed skin while cleaning your pet after a wild animal encounter, to wash wounds with soap and water after getting scratched or bitten by any animal, and to contact a doctor if there's a chance you've been exposed.

Rabies is a contagious viral disease that can be fatal. Symptoms include fever, headaches, and muscle spasms, among other things. If symptoms start to appear, it's almost always fatal.

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Spencer McKee manages the OutThere Colorado digital publication as the Director of Content and Operations. He also writes about outdoor recreation, travel news, and more. In his spare time, he loves to rock climb, trail run, and mountain bike.

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