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In Colorado, horse tests positive for rabies

April 15, 2010

[Source: 9News.com, Denver CO]

The Colorado Department of Agriculture is warning livestock and pet owners after a horse in eastern Arapahoe County tested positive for rabies.

The Department of Agriculture is asking livestock and pet owners to discuss animal health with their local veterinarians.

“Animal owners need to be aware that rabies is transferring from one species to another and they should monitor their animals for symptoms,” State Veterinarian Dr. Keith Roehr said.

According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, there were 103 rabies cases in 20 Colorado counties in 2009.

Officials say one of the cases include a horse.

Officials say a horse in El Paso County was euthanized and subsequent tests determined the horse was infected with rabies.

Public health officials believe the horse was exposed in July 2009 to a skunk on its home property in the Black Forest area.

As of April 12, a total of 28 animals have tested positive for rabies in Colorado, according to the Colorado Department of Agriculture.

Rabies is a viral disease infecting the brain and central nervous system. It is primarily spread through the bite of rabid animals.

State health officials say rabies can be passed from animals to humans.

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