The Larimer County Department of Health and Environment Confirms a Fox with Rabies

The Larimer County Department of Health and Environment Confirms a Fox with Rabi

The Larimer County Department of Health and Environment has confirmed a fox to have rabies, which has appeared to be the first case in the Larimer County.

Jane Viste, public information officer for the health department, said it appears to be the same kind of rabies that was found in skunks last year.

Rich Grossmann, environmental health specialist for the health department, said in a press statement that the fact of a fox having rabies has implied the possibility of rabies being well established across Larimer County. Also, it has confirmed that the infection can be transmitted by other animals other than skunks and bats.

Rabies, which is known as infectious diseases of a warm-blooded animal, affects the central nervous system. If the infection is not treated on time, it could lead to paralysis and death.

Previously, only bats were known to transmit the infection through bites or scratches, however, in May 2012, the rabid skunks appeared for the first time.

"We have many foxes in Larimer County that people enjoy watching, but foxes and other animals can be infected by rabid skunks", added Grossman. They can affect both young and adult animals and that is why care should be taken to maintain distance from them and refrain from touching even the cutest baby animals, he added.

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