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Jul 16, 2011 6:49 PM by Matt Stafford

Rabies issue growing in Colorado

County and state animal control officers say rabies is becoming more of a problem in Colorado.

El Paso County Public Health and Colorado Springs Area Veterinary Society held a vaccination clinic for pets Saturday in Peyton. Health care experts say pets are the biggest link for humans to come in contact with rabies. Crews say there was a pretty big rush of people when they opened at 2:00 p.m. at Peyton Elementary. They had 400 vaccinations ready to give out for $10 each.

Veterinarians say if you have a dead animal near your home you need to be cautious. If you think anyone or any pets have had contact with it then you need to call the county health department to have it tested. If you're sure there's been no contact with the dead animal you will need to dispose of it yourself. Veterinarians at Saturday's rabies vaccination clinic say to dispose of the animal you should wear thick gloves and get the animal into a thick bag while touching it as little as possible; be extra careful if you have cuts on your hands.

We'll have more rabies information and advice Saturday night on News First 5.

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