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Public Health Dept. Urges Public to Vaccinate Pets and Avoid Wildlife to Prevent Rabies


October 3, 2018

In 2018, 66 animals (59 skunks, 6 bats and 1 raccoon) have tested positive for rabies in El Paso County. El Paso County Public Health is urging residents to protect themselves by never touching or feeding wild or stray animals, and keeping pets up to date on rabies vaccinations. 

Rabies is a viral disease that infects the brain and other parts of the central nervous system, causing brain swelling and damage, and ultimately, death. Rabies is spread primarily through the bite of rabid animals, resulting in the spread of the disease through their infected saliva. Rabies also can be spread wh...

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