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11th rabid skunk found in Jefferson County

ARVADA, Colo. — The number of rabies cases in the Denver area continues to rise as another skunk has tested positive in Jefferson County.

This one was found at Stott Elementary School (6600 Yank Way in Arvada).

Public health officials urge anyone who might have come in contact with the skunk to notify their health care provider immediately.

Skunk rabies is on the rise in Jefferson County, with 11 testing positive this year.

The public is strongly urged to vaccinate all of their domestic pets and livestock against rabies, and to be sure vaccinations are kept up to date.

Rabies is caused by a virus that affects the nervous system of humans and other mammals and is nearly always fatal. The virus is shed in the saliva of infected animals.

People or animals can get rabies from the bite of a rabid animal or from a rabid animal’s saliva if it comes in contact with their eyes, nose, mouth or open wounds.

Immediate medical treatment is required after exposure to an infected animal. Skunks, bats, foxes, raccoons and other wildlife should not be handled or fed to prevent exposure to this virus.