Epidemic of Skunk Rabies in Southeastern Colorado

By: Mindy Stone Email
By: Mindy Stone Email
To join the conversation on this story and others, "like" our KKTV 11 News Facebook page!

The Otero County Health Department confirms with 11 News that several skunks have been positively tested for rabies.

A letter was sent out to 4200 households in La Junta on April 6 to let residents know about the epidemic. It says that on March 8, a skunk carcass was submitted to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for rabies testing. The next day, the results returned positive for rabies. The skunk was found in the vicinity of 14th Street and Park Avenue in La Junta. About a week later, another skunk was submitted for testing and those results were positive. The second skunk was found in the vicinity of 10th Street and San Juan Avenue in La Junta.

Otero County health officials expect to see more rabies-positive skunks in the next few weeks.

Rabies is a serious, preventable viral disease of mammals most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. The vast majority of rabies cases reported to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention each year occur in wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats and foxes.

Richard Ritter, Executive Director of the Otero County Health Department urges pet owners to have their pets and livestock vaccinated against rabies. He says no one should take a chance with this deadly viral infection.

KKTV firmly believes in freedom of speech for all and we are happy to provide this forum for the community to share opinions and facts. We ask that commenters keep it clean, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments left here do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of KKTV 11 News.

If you believe that any of the comments on our site are inappropriate or offensive, please tell us by clicking “Report Abuse” and answering the questions that follow. We will review any reported comments promptly.

powered by Disqus
KKTV 520 E. Colorado Colorado Springs, CO 80903 Office: (719) 634-2844 Fax: (719) 632-0808 News Fax: (719) 634-3741
Copyright © 2002-2016 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 91715759 - kktv.com/a?a=91715759
Gray Television, Inc.