MORRISON, Colo.– A skunk found in Morrison near Meyer Ranch Park on July 12 tested positive for rabies, according to Jefferson County Public Health.
According to a tweet, this is the fourth skunk to test positive for rabies in Jefferson County this year.
Warning of possible rabies exposure via @JeffcoPH – A skunk from S. Turkey Creek Rd. in #Morrison, east of Meyer Ranch Park, tested positive for rabies. This is the 4th skunk to test positive for rabies in #Jeffco this year. It was collected on 7/12 and tested positive yesterday. pic.twitter.com/N3sydVfRrl
— Jeffco Colorado (@JeffcoColorado) July 16, 2019
If you came in contact with the skunk, you are at risk of being exposed to rabies, according to the public health department.
According to the release, here’s how you can prevent and control rabies:
- Avoid contact with all wild or stray animals, including bats and skunks
- Vaccinate all cats, dogs, ferrets and valuable livestock
- Do not allow your pets to roam free
- Contact Animal Control if you find a dead bat or skunk, if you find a bat or skunk behaving strangely or if you or your pet are bitten by any animal
- Cover all exposed skin with gloves, long sleeves and face mask for the eyes, nose and mouth to clean up your pet after a wild animal encounter
If you have any questions, you can call 303-232-6301 or visit this link.