Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Rabies spreading in horses - update

Posted By on Wed, Jun 2, 2010 at 3:05 PM

Rabies is on the increase along the Front Range, with experts urging the vaccination of horses and farm animals as well as dogs and cats, according to a media notice issued by the Tri-County Health Department and endorsed by the El Paso County Health Department.

They need protection.
  • They need protection.

Health agencies also recommend people discuss vaccination of their other livestock with their veterinarian.

So far this year, more than dozen people in Colorado have gone through the series of human rabies shots after they were exposed to potentially rabid animals. The majority came after exposure to horses, not wild animals.

El Paso County Health Department officials noted these numbers from the county:
In El Paso County…
Animals testing positive for Rabies in 2009: 13 ( 8 skunks, 2 bats, a fox, horse and mountain lion)
Prior to 2009 El Paso County last reported a rabid skunk in 1974.
Animals testing positive for Rabies since January 1, 2010: 4 (3 skunks, 1 fox)

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