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Rabies prevention: not just shots for family pets

19 confirmed cases in animals this year, mostly in bats

With the onset of warmer weather, the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) is warning residents to beware of wild animals that may carry rabies, especially bats, as they become more seasonally active.

“Many people do a good job of protecting their family pets from rabies, but don’t realize other animals can sometimes be a threat,” said Dr. Emily Curren, state public health veterinarian with WDH.

“Rabies can infect any mammal, including humans.”

Humans and pets can get infected from the bites or scratches of an animal with rabies. People cannot get rabies by touching or handling an animal or its...