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Zoonotic Diseases

Zoonotic (animal-related) diseases are infectious diseases that can be spread from animals to humans. These diseases can be spread directly by contact with the infected animal or indirectly through contaminated surfaces such as soil. The Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment investigates a number of these diseases to prevent further spread and advise residents on how to protect themselves and their pets. Some of these diseases include hantavirus, plague, rabies, tularemia, and West Nile virus. To learn more about these diseases, click here

WCDPHE provides the following services:

  • Consultations on rabies risk and the need for treatment after exposure to a wild or domestic animal
  • Rabies testing of animals that have had direct contact with a human or pet
  • Monitoring of the mosquito population for West Nile virus and alerting municipalities when risk is increased
  • Follow-ups on human cases of a zoonotic disease
  • Investigations of prairie dog colony die-offs