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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 & 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, visit:

WCDPHE Services Provided:

  • consultation 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 mosquito population for West Nile virus and alerting municipalities when risk is increased
  • follow-up on human cases of zoonotic disease
  • investigating prairie dog colony die offs