(Placerville, CA) - El Dorado County Animal Services is reminding residents to keep pets current on rabies vaccines and notify Animal Services of any animal bite. Last week, Animal Services identified a skunk on the 5600 block of Pony Express Trail in Pollock Pines that tested positive for rabies. This is the second rabid skunk to be found in El Dorado County in the past six months.
According to Henry Brzezinski, Chief of Animal Services, El Dorado County is an officially declared rabies endemic area. "This means that rabies is always present in our County," said Brzezinski. "Every year we find rabid animals in the County, so vigilance is important."
Last year, Animal Services identified seven animals in El Dorado County (four skunks and three bats) that tested positive for rabies. Historically, most rabid animals are identified on the County's West Slope, with smaller numbers reported in the South Lake Tahoe area.
Rabies is a virus spread through the bite and saliva of an infected animal. It's usually fatal to pets and humans if not treated shortly after exposure.
To prevent the spread of rabies:
For more information about rabies or Animal Services, visit www.edcgov.us/animalservices. To reach Animal Services by phone, call (530) 621-5795 in Placerville or at (530) 573-7925 in South Lake Tahoe.
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