Rabies is a viral disease that infects the central nervous system. The disease affects humans and other animals.
Are There Rabies Cases in Colorado?
Yes, rabies is present in Colorado. As of March 2018, rabies has been confirmed in Jefferson County. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment keeps county-by-county data on rabies cases.
More data can be found on the Jefferson County Public Health website.
What Are the Symptoms of Rabies?
In people, rabies is often flu-like at first. Symptoms change over time. If untreated, rabies can be fatal. To find out about symptoms, when to seek medical attention, treatment, and more please visit the CDC's Rabies website.
You can't tell if an animal has rabies by looking at it. Animals with rabies may act oddly. As an example, a bat that is out in daylight hours or cannot fly may be ill. Other animals may become very hostile or timid. If an animal, especially a bat or skunk, is behaving strangely, please contact Animal Management.
How is Rabies Transmitted?
Rabies is usually passed on through the bite of a rabid animal. Rabies is carried by saliva. Most rabies occurs in wildlife such as skunks, raccoons, and bats. In Colorado, bats are the most common host. Rabies is rare in domestic animals.
Can Rabies be Prevented?
Rabies can be easily prevented. Making sure that pets are vaccinated is critical. Vaccinations are required by both State and local laws. People can protect themselves by not feeding or handling wildlife. A person cannot be exposed if they do not have contact with an infected animal.
- Explore Rabies Prevention Tips from Jefferson County to find out ways to protect both animals and people.
Contact Animal Management
- Report an animal bite or concern: 720-898-6850
- For urgent animal-related matters: 303.980.7300