For Immediate Release
April 10, 2012
Public Information Officer
Montana Department of Livestock
Big Horn County Rabies Quarantine Extended
An existing rabies quarantine in Big Horn County has been extended through June 8 after an infected skunk was found near Busby.
Under Montana law, counties are quarantined when rabies is diagnosed in a terrestrial animal such as a dog, cat, skunk or fox. All unvaccinated dogs, cats and ferrets in quarantined counties must be vaccinated a minimum of two weeks prior to any travel outside the quarantined county.
Big Horn County has already been under rabies quarantines twice this year. A rabid skunk was found in the southern portion of the county in December 2011, and an infected horse in the Busby area was diagnosed with the disease in February.
For additional information on rabies, please consult your local public health department or see:
• Montana Department of Livestock rabies information
• Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services rabies information