Health department: Large group of children played with rabid bat outside Westminster apartment – The Denver Channel

WESTMINSTER, Colo.– A large group of kids played with a hurt bat Tuesday that later tested favorable for rabies, according to the Westminster Police Department.
Police stated they were alerted Thursday that the bat had evaluated favorable after it was euthanized Tuesday and brought to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) for testing.
On Tuesday around midday, the cops department got a call about around 16 children having fun with the injured bat outside the Hidden Lake Apartments, situated near W. 68th Avenue and Lowell Boulevard. When an animal management officer responded, a person had had actually currently taken the bat far from the kids.
It evaluated positive for rabies two days later on.
The police department and CDPHE went back to the location to assist locate the children for a risk evaluation. Flyers were also published in the location. The CDPHE said even “seemingly irrelevant contact” with the bat might have transmitted the virus.
Rabies can be sent from wildlife to human through the animal or a bites saliva. It impacts the nervous system and is fatal if left unattended. Treatment is reliable if found early.
As of Thursday evening, it was unclear if any of the children were exposed.
Anybody with info about the kids who were touching the bat are asked to call the CDPHE at 303-692-2700.