Rabid bats found in Eagle County

By Edward Stoner

EAGLE COUNTY — Two instances of community members and pets coming into contact with bats have been reported to Eagle County officials in the past week and both bats have tested positive for rabies. The bats were found in Beaver Creek and Eagle and are the first laboratory-confirmed cases of animal rabies in the county this year. All known individuals with possible contact have been notified. Bats consume thousands of tons of night-flying insects annually and are beneficial to a healthy ecosystem. However, Eagle County Public Health Director Jennifer Ludwig says bats may carry diseases that can spread to people …

Source: Vail Daily Feed