Test confirms rabies in skunk near Fort Collins | CraigDailyPress.com

Test confirms rabies in skunk near Fort Collins

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Larimer County health officials say a skunk found close to the foothills west of Fort Collins has tested positive for rabies.

They are warning hikers to keep their distance from wild skunks and predators. They also say dogs should be kept on leashes.

Health officials say unvaccinated pets that come into contact with a rabid animal need to be euthanized or vaccinated and quarantined.

Rabies is a virus that affects the nervous system in mammals and is often deadly.

Rabid skunks also have been confirmed in Pueblo.

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