FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS Denver/AP) — Larimer County health officials say three more rabid skunks have been found in and around Fort Collins, bringing the total to eight confirmed cases of infected animals in the area.

Three rabid bats also have been found in the county this month.

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The rabies virus is almost always fatal for animals and can also kill humans. Health officials are urging residents to vaccinate livestock and pets.

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“It’s a bigger threat to livestock, to pets even to humans who might come across them while hiking. We just want people to be really aware that this is happening here and happening rather rapidly,” said Larimer County Dept. of Health spokeswoman Jane Viste in a report posted by CBS Denver yesterday.

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