Veterinarians from Colorado State University have been urging people to get horses and livestock vaccinated against rabies, as per a recent report.
The recommendations are being seen following the notice of a large number of skunks suffering from the disease at a faster rate.
While the disease had arrived years before with the arrival of bats in Colorado, the increase in the number of affected skunks has raised risks of disease contraction by horses and pets.
Rabies is a disease that causes no different symptoms from other illnesses, says the report. It usually tends to kill an infected animal within 10 days of its contraction.
It has been told that the disease is infectious and many simple factors may cause the spread of the disease to different regions. It might happen because of wildlife habitat changes or a move by humans to another place.
Thus, vets suggest vaccinating livestock, llamas and alpacas in particular, once each year so as to ensure their protection. The vaccines, as per the findings, are cost-effective as these are available at $US10 to $US15.
"While it's rare for livestock or horses to contract rabies in Colorado, it is extremely important to work to prevent animals from contracting the disease", says the Veterinary Teaching Hospital's director Dean Hendrickson.
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