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Aggressive form of Rabies found in Pueblo

By: KKTV Email
By: KKTV Email

Officials at the Pueblo City-County Health Department say they've discovered a more aggressive form of rabies in a skunk. This form of rabies is relatively new to the state, only discovered in Colorado a couple years ago, according to Sarah Bruestle with the Health Department.

Flyers are being put up in the area to warn neighbors to be alert.

The warning signs are going up in the neighborhood where the skunk was found, Red Cedar Ct. on Highway 78, within city limits. The El Camino area is also being alerted about the potential for aggressive wildlife. The form of rabies causes the animal to be very aggressive, meaning they will bite nearly anything, including pets and people, raising the risk to spread the disease.

Health officials in Pueblo tell 11 News that since skunks don't travel far, the only way this rabid skunk could have been infected is by a bite from another animal. Skunks, foxes and bats are the most likely to be affected.

Animals with unusual behavior should be reported to animal control.

You can find out more information on rabies by visiting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web site. A link is provided below this story.


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