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Skunk tests positive for rabies in El Paso County; third this year


Last updated 5/13/2020 at 1:30pm

A skunk was recently confirmed to have rabies, making it the third to test positive for the disease in El Paso County this year. Rabies is more common in the summer months, and Public Health is urging residents to protect themselves by keeping pets up to date on rabies vaccinations and making sure never to touch or feed wild or stray animals.

Rabies is a virus that infects wild mammals, especially bats, raccoons, skunks and foxes. Squirrels and rabbits are not considered a rabies risk. Rabies affects the brain and other parts of the central nervous system, causing brain swelling and damag...

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