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Alpaca dies from rabies infection in Douglas County

Pet owners are urged to check records to make sure their animal's rabies vaccinations are up-to-date.
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An alpaca in Douglas County has died due to a rabies infection, the Colorado Department of Agriculture confirmed in a press release on Thursday.

The release from the Colorado Department of Agriculture and Tri-County Health Department didn't specify how the alpaca got rabies, but did mention that livestock can also be infected with the viral disease.

Pet owners are urged to check records to make sure their animal's rabies vaccinations are up-to-date.

Signs that animals may have rabies include: a change in behavior such as aggression, confusion or lack of fear of people, staggering, trembling, weakness, nocturnal animals appearing in the day or bats lying on the ground.

In early March, Denver Animal Protection warned the public of nine rabid skunks found in southwest Denver. Just a month before that, a rabid skunk was found in southeast Fort Collins.