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Rabies Information


Rabies News and Announcements

State veterinarian Dr. Jim Logan and the Wyoming Department of Health state public health veterinarian
Dr. Karl Musgrave want to remind veterinarians and the general public about the prevalence of rabies in
Wyoming. Wyoming has had numerous cases of rabies in wildlife (skunks and bats) in Wyoming already
in 2018. There has also been a case in a domestic horse in Laramie County as a result of exposure from
wildlife. In previous years, Wyoming has had rabies cases in dogs, cats, and cattle as well.

State Vets Warn of High Prevalence of Rabies in Wild Species in 2018


Owners should be aware livestock and horses can be infected with rabies, and any animal showing abnormal behavior may be infected.  In Wyoming, cattle are the most common domestic animal diagnosed with rabies followed by horses, dogs and cats.

Cheyenne Horse Tests Positive for Rabies

Rabies Resources

The Wyoming Department of Health has information on rabies on their website including information for health care providers, veterinarians and teachers.

The CDC reports that rabies in humans is rare in the United States. There are usually only one or two human cases per year. But the most common source of human rabies in the United States is bats. More information about bats and rabies can be found on the CDC website.

For shipping we recommend placing the whole bat or head of the animal in two zip lock bags in an insulated box with ample ice packs. Please Refer to our information on Packing and Shipping Samples.


Bats are smaller than they look because of the large wings. The most common bat in Wyoming, the little brown bat, weighs on average less than half an ounce. The tiny head of the bat is easily crushed, and the brain can quickly dry out if not refrigerated and kept in a tightly sealed container. We recommend that the bat be safely captured as recommended by the CDC.

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wsvl rabies map may 2019


Rabies (174 total exams)

1 Positive Fox

1 Positive Raccoon 

4 Positive Skunks

For more information contact:
Dr. Myrna Miller at (307) 766-9934.


Contact Us

Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory

1174 Snowy Range Rd

Laramie, WY 82070

Phone: 307-766-9925

Toll Free: 1-800-442-8331

Fax: 307-721-2051


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