JEFFERSON COUNTY - A bat with a cigarette prompted a rabies warning from Jefferson County health officials.
The bat was discovered on a picnic bench in Harriman Park near the corner of Quincy and Kipling streets in Jefferson County.
It was wrapped in a woman's floral shirt with the cigarette placed in its mouth, indicating it had been handled.
Health officials are warning those who handled the bat may have been exposed to rabies.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment tested the bat for rabies; however test results were not definite due to the bat's poor physical condition.
Therefore, public officials are required to warn anybody who may have come in contact with the bat of rabies.
Rabies is spread most commonly through contact with bat saliva. In some cases people may not realize they were bitten by a bat.
Anyone with information should call the Jefferson County Public Health at 303-271-5700.
To find out about additional precautions other than rabies vaccinations for pets and livestock go to: www.jeffco.us/health or call 303-271-5700.
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