Rabid skunk may have come into contact with man and dog near Pueblo park

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A skunk that has tested positive for rabies may have come into contact with a man and a dog near a south Pueblo park Monday, according to the health department. 

The Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment said the skunk was found in the greenbelt area near Briarwood Park on the city’s south side. Reports from neighbors indicate a man walking his dog in the park Monday may have come into contact with the skunk. 

The health department is asking that man to call them at 719-583-4998. Anyone else who thinks they or their pets may have come into contact with the skunk is also asked to call the health department. 

Rabies is caused by a virus transmitted by the bite of an infected animal, or when the infected animal’s saliva gets into a cut or break in the skin. It’s fatal in both humans and animals once symptoms begin, according to the health department. That’s why it’s important for anyone who has had contact with this skunk to seek medical or veterinary care immediately. 

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