Rabid skunk may have infected fox in El Paso County
April 27, 2010
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – A fox in El Paso County that tested positive for rabies has heightened concerns that the disease will spread among animals along Colorado’s Front Range.
Health officials believe the fox, found stumbling around a neighborhood last week, was infected by a rabid skunk. The El Paso County Department of Health and Environment has said that cases of rabies in skunks are at epidemic levels.
The fear is that rabies will continue to spread to other animals, including unvaccinated pets.
Bats are the primary source of rabies in Colorado, and it had been nearly 40 years since the state had a case of skunk rabies. In 2007, skunk rabies showed up in eastern Colorado and spread west to the Front Range.