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Volume 5, Number 3—June 1999

Dispatch

Risk for Rabies Transmission from Encounters with Bats, Colorado, 1977–1996

W. John Pape*Comments to Author , Thomas D. Fitzsimmons*†, and Richard E. Hoffman*
Author affiliations: *Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Denver, Colorado, USA and †Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Table 2

Circumstances in which humans encountered bats, Colorado, 1977–1996

Circumstances Bat captured and tested
Bat not tested All encounters
Rabid Not rabid
Bat landed on person 17 2 27 46
Person picked up bat outdoors 24 5 15 44
Person awoke to find bat in room 17 4 14 35
Person tried to remove bat from indoors 5 2 17 24
Person inadvertently touched hidden bat 3 5 8 16
Person handled captured bat 12 0 1 13
Child found alone with bat 4 3 2 9
Person handled bat as part of job 6 1 1 8
Person stepped on bat 3 0 3 6
Person bitten while taking bat from pet 2 1 3 6
Person bitten by pet that had bat in mouth 1 4 1 6
Person attributed wound to bat they saw 0 2 0 2
Other circumstances 0 0 6 6
Unspecified in report 5 3 11 19
Total 99 32 109 240

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