HEALTH ALERT: Concern over possible contact with a rabid skunk in Pueblo

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PUEBLO, Colo. (KKTV) - A health alert was issued by the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment after they confirmed a skunk from an area near Briarwood Park on Pueblo's south side tested positive for rabies.

The health department is concerned the rabid animal may have come in contact with people or pets.

“The Health Department is looking for people or pets who were in or near Briarwood Park the morning of Monday, March 25, 2019 and may have had contact with a skunk,” stated Beth Penrod, communicable disease specialist at the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment. “It is important for pets who were in Briarwood Park and may have had contact with a skunk to be seen immediately by a licensed veterinarian. We are hoping the adult male who was seen walking his dog in the park on Monday, March 25 contacts the Health Department for his safety at (719) 583-4998.”

Rabies is caused by a virus transmitted by the bite of an infected animal or when the infected animal’s saliva gets into a cut or break in the skin. Rabies is deadly to both humans and animals once symptoms begin; therefore, it is important when a person or pet has contact with wildlife to seek medical or veterinary care immediately.

Earlier in 2019 a skunk tested positive for rabies near City Park; however, this is the first skunk to test positive south of Northern Avenue in the City of Pueblo this year.

Click here for more information from the Pueblo Health Department.