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Bat found in Firestone tests positive for rabies

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FIRESTONE — A bat picked up by the Firestone Police Department Animal Control division on July 23 has tested positive for the rabies virus.

Officials say the bat was brought inside a Firestone home by the family car. The cat owners were unable to provide proof of rabies vaccinations for the cat, resulting in the cat being euthanized to prevent the spread of the disease. Residents of the home are undergoing rabies vaccinations.

In a news release, the Firestone Police Department sought to remind all pet owners of the importance of making sure pets receive regular vaccinations, including rabies.

Early rabies symptoms found in human include fever, headache and weakness/discomfort. As the disease progresses, more specific symptoms may include insomnia, anxiety, confusion, slight or partial paralysis, excitation, hallucinations, agitation, hyper salivation, difficulty swallowing and hydrophobia. Death usually occurs within days of symptom onset.  

Individuals should report any animals showing these symptoms directly to Weld County Dispatch at 720-652-4222. For details, visit www.co.weld.co.us/Departments/HealthEnvironment/index.html.