Oct 8, 2010 7:52 PM by David Ortiviz

Third Pueblo skunk tests positive for rabies

A third skunk in Pueblo has tested positive for rabies. The Pueblo City-County Health Department say the latest skunk was found on the Eastside. A spokesperson with the health department did not have an exact location.
"This increases the chance rabies will spread to people and pets," stated Dr. Christine Nevin-Woods Public Health Director at the Pueblo City-County Health Department.

The first skunk was found on Red Cedar Court on the Southwest side of Pueblo. The second skunk was found on Douglas Ln. in Belmont.

The Pueblo Health Department says this strain of rabies can cause skunks to aggressively attack people and other animals. They urge you to avoid contact with skunks, bats and foxes.

The health department says rabies is spread primarily through the bite of rabid mammals and is almost always fatal. "After a bite or other high-risk exposure to a rabid animal, it is critical for the person to seek medical care immediately,"--according to a health department news release.

Health experts also remind you to get your pets vaccinated.


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