- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming Department of Health is urging residents to vaccinate their pets and take other pre-emptive steps to prevent rabies infections in humans, pets and livestock.

The Sheridan Press reports (http://bit.ly/1KCuw8L ) that there have been three skunks in Sheridan County that have tested positive for rabies in 2015.

State Public Health Veterinarian Dr. Karl Musgrave says reported numbers of rabies cases in animals confirmed by testing are far lower than the true number. He says it is important to vaccinate animals for rabies, to report animal bites to local animal control officials and to follow recommended quarantine guidelines.

In 2014, 52 skunks, six bats, one cat and one fox tested positive for rabies in Wyoming. Since 2000 rabies has also been confirmed in cows, dogs, horses and squirrels.

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Information from: The Sheridan (Wyo.) Press, http://www.thesheridanpress.com/

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