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Rabid possum reported in Scottsbluff

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Goshen County has recently experienced a massive rabies outbreak, but it now seems to slowly be making its way to other areas throughout the panhandle.

One case has been confirmed in Scotts Bluff County from a skunk near Henry.

This morning animal control was dispatched to University Street in Scottsbluff on a report of a rabid possum.

According to scanner traffic, the call came in shortly before 8:00 a.m., and Conservation Officer Scott Brandt is being dispatched to the scene. The caller said the animal was foaming at the mouth.

Officials say that there was no animal found at the scene, but there were droppings. 

Scotts Bluff County Health Department director Bill Wineman says that this is the time when rabid animals are coming out of hibernation.

"The best thing people can do is if you see them; if you see them in the wild; if you see them in your yard, if at all possible, leave them alone," says Wineman. "If they're bothering your livestock or if you're worried about that, shoot it and dispose of it. That's a good way. You might want to call your veterinarian. Call them and see if they want to test it."

Wineman says that making sure your pets are vaccinated is among the best precautions to take.

More information will be published as it becomes available.
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