Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals. In northeast Colorado, the majority of the cases reported is in skunks. The most common mode of rabies virus transmission is through bites or scratches of an infected animal. The number of rabid skunks discovered across northeast Colorado is on the rise so that means the number of family pets that have come in contact with them is also on the rise.
Rabies is a medical urgency but not an emergency. However, decisions related to proper treatment should not be delayed. If bitten or scratched by a suspect animal, wash any wounds immediately and contact your medical provider.
Vaccinating your pet is your first line of defense in protecting your entire family from coming into contact with this deadly disease. Keep vaccinations up to date.