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Rabies Information

 


Rabies News and Announcements

Visitors to Grand Teton National Park are reminded that wildlife can carry disease, including rabies. The risk of humans contracting rabies from wildlife is very low.

Wildlife Can Carry Rabies- Always Have Situational Awareness

 

Previous News and Announcements

Cheyenne Horse Tests Positive for Rabies

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

 


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 august 2019

1/1/2019-8/31/2019

Rabies (461 total exams)


1 Positive Fox

1 Positive Raccoon 

10 Positive Skunks

9 Positive Bats


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

Email: vetrec@uwyo.edu

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