Rabies Confirmed in Laramie County

Two rabid skunks have been confirmed in the rural area north west and north east of Cheyenne within the last two months, according to Cheyenne-Laramie County Health Department.

Both skunks had contact with animals and one had human contact.

All the animal contacts have been vaccinated and are now in 45-day quarantine for observation.

Rabies is extremely deadly to humans and animals.

It is transmitted through saliva and mucus. Contact with a rabid animal that breaks the skin or brings body fluids to an open cut, wound or sore can transmit the disease.

The best prevention is to avoid contact with rabid animals, animals behaving strangely or appearing sick should be left alone and not approached, vaccinate your pets and report animal bites to the Cheyenne-Laramie County Animal Control at 635-1453 immediately for follow up and testing.