SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The New Mexico Department of Health officials are warning pet and livestock owners in Carlsbad and surrounding areas of Eddy County to get animals vaccinated after three skunks tested positive for rabies.
State officials said Sunday that five unvaccinated dogs were bitten by the rabid skunks and were euthanized.
The department says there have been seven rabid skunks and one rabid horse reported in Eddy County in 2011.
Paul Ettestad (EHT'-the-stad), the Department of Health's public health veterinarian said a skunk positive for rabies means that there are other skunks and potentially other wildlife in the area that also have rabies.
No known human exposures to the rabid skunks have been reported.
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