The El Paso County Public Health Department has released information with respect to the predominance of rabies in critters found in the county.
As indicated by the health department, a sum of 10 skunks have tried positive for rabies so far this year. The department additionally said that four of these skunks were discovered living close thickly populated urban areas close downtown Colorado Springs and Palmer Park.
“Rabies is showing up in El Paso County for the 2018 season,” said Shannon Rowe, El Paso County Public Health Epidemiologist.
“The quick spread of rabies in well evolved creatures, for example, skunks, into urban areas puts pets and individuals in danger, so it is vital that every single local creature are a la mode on their rabies immunizations through an authorized veterinarian.”
The department said the skunks have been found in yards of private homes, however right now there are no known human exposures.
The Colorado Department of Agriculture likewise affirmed for the current week that an alpaca in Douglas County has kicked the bucket because of a rabies disease.
As per the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, 45 creatures from Colorado have tried positive for rabies so far in 2018.
A large portion of these have been skunks. Of those 45, 12 frenzied creatures were known or unequivocally associated with uncovering 33 household pets, seven domesticated animals creatures, and two individuals.
The Department of Agriculture needs to remind inhabitants that rabies is spread principally by salivation through the nibble of a crazy creature. When side effects of the disease show up, there is no cure and the contamination is deadly.
The department offers these increments ventures to help anticipate spread of the disease.
- Be aware of skunks out during the day. This is abnormal behavior and these animals should be avoided.
- Be aware of areas that can be suitable habitat for skunks such as dark holes, under buildings, and under equipment.
- Do not feed wild animals or allow your pets around them. Be sure to teach children to stay away from wild animals. Avoid leaving pet food outside as that may attract a wild animal.
- Contact your veterinarian right away, if any of your animals are bitten or scratched by any wild animal, particularly skunks, bats, foxes or raccoons.
- If your animals exhibit any dramatic behavioral changes, contact your veterinarian as soon as possible. Isolate and avoid contact with these animals if possible.
- If you have been bitten or scratched by a wild animal, contact your physician and local health department right away.
- Rabies vaccination should be considered for horses and other equines, breeding livestock, dairy cattle or other livestock.
- If you must remove a dead skunk on your property, wear rubber gloves or lift the carcass with a shovel or other tool, and double-bag it for the trash. Do not directly touch the skunk with bare hands.