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Four animals test positive for rabies in Goshen County

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A recent outbreak of rabies in Goshen County has veterinarians urging local residents to be weary of aggressive animals and to vaccinate their pets.
Four cases of rabies have been confirmed in Goshen County in the past four months.

Doctor Mike Meeboer at the Goshen Veterinary Clinic says, historically, rabies has been a rarity in Goshen County and is found much more frequently in Western Wyoming.  However, the disease has been spreading East in recent years.

"I've lived in Torrington for the past 20 years," says Meeboer.  "I haven't been in practice that long, but I'm not aware of a single positive case [of rabies] until the last year and a half."

Meeboer says three skunks and one cat have tested positive for the disease since October 2013. 

"You know, people can be treated if there's exposure," says Meeboer.  "But that's not available for animals.  So vaccination, which is generally very effective, if it's current, is a very effective way to protect your pets."

People with questions about the disease or who have concerns about a potentially infected animal should contact the Torrington Police Department at (307) 532-7001.


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