Influenza Confirmed in Pueblo County (cont'd)
Symptoms of the flu start suddenly and may include the following:
- Fever (usually high)
- Tiredness (can be extreme)
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Body aches
- Chills and fatigue
- Vomiting and diarrhea (more common in children)
“When you experience symptoms of the flu, stay home until 24 hours after your fever is gone without the help of fever reducing medicines,” encouraged Carrillo. This limits the spread of the virus.
Flu vaccine is available in Pueblo. The Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment offers flu vaccine to all individuals 6 months and older by appointment, however we ask you check with your doctor or local pharmacy first, as there are some individuals in the community that cannot receive the vaccine anywhere else.
Steps to prevent the flu:
- Get your flu vaccine.
- Visit your doctor or pharmacist to get the latest flu vaccine.
- Take everyday actions to stop the spread of germs. Cough or sneeze into a tissue or a sleeve. Wash your hands frequently (with soap and water for at least 20 seconds). Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.Stay home if you are sick with flu symptoms.
- When you, or your child, are sick stay home for at least 24 hours after fever ends without the use of fever reducing medication. Take anti-viral drugs if your doctor prescribes them.
For additional information on influenza visit pueblohealthdept.org.
Rabid Skunk Confirmed in Pueblo (cont'd)
Rabies is caused by a virus transmitted by the bite of an infected animal. Rabies also can be transmitted if the animal’s saliva gets into a cut or break in the skin. “People can be exposed to rabies when they assist, feed, handle or come in contact with wild animals,” Jody Carrillo further explained.
Pet and livestock owners are highly encouraged to vaccinate animals against rabies through a licensed veterinarian. Dogs and cats that are not up-to-date on their vaccinations have an extremely high chance of getting infected and dying from rabies. These pets also pose a tremendous risk to humans because they can bring rabies into the home,” Jody Carrillo stated.
To avoid exposure to rabies:
· Never touch a skunk or any other wild animal. Healthy skunks, raccoons and nocturnal animals typically come out in the evening. If the animals are acting tame, especially in the day, they may be sick. Children who find wild animals should leave them where they are, do not touch the wild animal, and tell an adult.
· Do not pick up a skunk with your hands, even if you’re wearing gloves. Use a shovel to place it in a bucket or coffee can if the animal must be moved prior to calling Pueblo Animal Services.
· If you are bitten by a skunk or other wild animal, wash the bite thoroughly with soap and water then contact both your physician and the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment.
· Keep your doors and windows covered with intact screens. Do not leave doors or windows, without screens, open in the evening.
· Keep your dogs on a leash when walking them.
· Make sure your pets are vaccinated against rabies. Keep in mind vaccines not administered by a licensed veterinarian are not considered valid vaccinations in the State of Colorado, including Pueblo County.
For additional information about animals visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s web site at www.cdc.gov/features/animals.