Cheyenne, Wyo. - The Cheyenne-Laramie County Health Department reports that five rabid skunks have been recently confirmed in the Northern rural areas of Weld County, Colorado.
Together with the eleven rabid animals; ten skunks and one bat since August 2017 in Laramie County, they're reminding residents that rabies is extremely deadly to humans and animals. It is transmitted through saliva and mucus. Contact with a rabid animal that breaks the skin or brings body fluids to an open cut, wound or sore can transmit the disease.
Rabies is a viral disease that is usually fatal. Be aware that your pets may encounter rabid animals.
The best prevention is to avoid contact with rabid animals, animals behaving strangely or appearing sick should be left alone and not approached, vaccinate your pets and report unusual animal activity and bites to Cheyenne/Laramie County animal control for follow up and testing.
Contact the Cheyenne-Laramie County Health Department Division of Environmental 307-633-4090 with questions and/or concerns.