For Immediate Release
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Sgt. J.P. Tymkowych, City of Greeley Police Department
Subject: Rabies Detected in Second Skunk Located in the City
The City of Greeley Police Department Animal Control Officers contained a second skunk on Tuesday that was tested and found to be positive for the rabies virus. Rabies is a neurotropic virus that is transmitted through saliva contact from infected animals. The skunk was located in the 2100 Block of 7th Street and transported to the Health Department for testing.
On Wednesday evening, the Health Department confirmed that the skunk was infected with rabies virus and was capable of infecting other animals or humans through a bite or exposure to its saliva. The Greeley Police Department is encouraging anyone who has had contact with a skunk, or had an animal bitten by a skunk in the last week to contact the Weld County Health Department and medical professionals. Infected animals will display odd activity and can become very aggressive. No additional animals have been contained at this point that may be infected.
It is important that anyone in the community observing a wild animal or pet with these strange actions to use extreme caution, call the police department immediately and stay away from the animal. The Health Department is in the process of placing flyers in the immediate areas where the skunks were found and contacting citizens about the problem.
No additional information is available at this time.