Second rabid skunk found in Jefferson County


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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. -- A second skunk has tested positive for rabies, Jefferson County Public Health said. The skunk was found in the foothills near Highway 93 and West 58th Avenue above Golden.

The skunk was euthanized because of public health concerns, Jefferson County Public Health officials said. They do not believe it exposed any people or animals to the disease.

The first rabid skunk was found at the end of April after it came into contact with a dog in Arvada near Sheridan Boulevard and West 70th Avenue.

Officials are warning the public to make sure pets and livestock are vaccinated against rabies.

Three cases of rabid skunks have been reported in Aurora the past several weeks. On Tuesday, a rabid skunk was confirmed in the Del Mar Park area near the intersection of East 6th Avenue and Peoria Street.

There were also encounters reported in south Aurora near Southlands Mall, where a 2-year-old boy was attacked and a 6-year-old girl was chased into her home.

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