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Goat diagnosed with rabies in Yuma County, Colorado

Christian Fernsby |
The Colorado Department of Agriculture has confirmed that a domestic goat in Yuma County with neurologic clinical signs, including sudden aggression, was euthanized and tested positive for rabies on June 1, 2020.

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This is the second Colorado case of rabies in domestic livestock this year; in April a bull in Pueblo County was diagnosed with rabies.

“Livestock owners need to be aware that rabies exposure can happen on their property, especially from rabid skunks that gain entry into barns or animal pens,” said State Veterinarian Dr. Keith Roehr.

“Veterinarians are a valuable resource to help producers decide the best course of action to protect their herds from rabies. Additionally, while house pets are often vaccinated, barn cats or outdoor pets are often forgotten,”

Rabies can spread from wild animals such as skunks, bats, raccoons and foxes to other mammals, including domestic pets and livestock. Rabies is a deadly disease and vaccination is the single best method to protect pets and livestock.

One of the greatest risks of exposure to rabies virus for people is through contact with rabid domestic pets or livestock.

“Animal owners concerned about rabies exposure should consult with their veterinarian and be aware of clinical signs to watch for, including dramatic behavioral changes. That is typically one of the hallmark signs that the animal may be suffering from rabies,” said Roehr.

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