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Rabid bat found at southwest Colorado Springs lake

May 19, 2017 Updated: May 19, 2017 at 7:02 pm
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A rabid bat was recently found living close to a playground at Quail Lake. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

A rabid bat was recently found living close to a playground at Quail Lake, and anyone who handled or touched bats in that area is being urged to seek medical care.

The bat was found May 13 near a playground about 10-20 feet from the water, according to El Paso County Public Health. Animal control officers removed it at 10:53 a.m. that morning from the park in southwest Colorado Springs, and tests on Wednesday confirmed that it had rabies.

The disease is deadly once symptoms begin to show, though medication is available that can help prevent infection in humans.

Anyone who touched the bat - or whose pets came into contact with it - is being asked to call El Paso County Public Health at 578-3220.

The bat marks the third confirmed case of rabies in El Paso County this year, along with two rabid skunks found in Black Forest.

Bats are the most common animals to test positive for the disease here. Three rabid bats were found in 2016, five tested positive in 2015 and 10 were discovered in 2015.

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