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    Monday - Friday
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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    645 Parfet Street
    Lakewood, CO 80215

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    Lakewood Clinic

    645 Parfet Street Lakewood, CO 80215
    Fax: 303-239-7088

    WIC (Women, Infants, & Children) in Arvada

    5150 Allison Street Arvada, CO 80002
    Fax: 303-275-7503

    WIC in Wheat Ridge

    7495 W. 29th Ave. Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
    Fax: 303-239-9592

    WIC in Lakewood - 645 Parfet Street, 80215

    email: kharris@jeffco.us
    Fax: 303-239-7023

  • Animal-Borne Disease (Zoonosis)


    Diseases transmitted from animals to humans are referred to as animal-borne, or zoonotic, diseases. These diseases can be carried by various animals and insects (rodents, mosquitoes, or ticks) and can then be transmitted to humans. Animal-borne diseases are more common during the summer,  when people tend to be outdoors more often and for longer periods of time and when insects and wild animals are more active. Examples of zoonotic diseases include: hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, bubonic plague, tularemia, West Nile Virus, Western equine encephalitis, Colorado tick fever, and rabies.  

    JCPH recommends that everyone help control the presence of rodents and mosquitoes around their homes.  When heading outdoors, particularly to areas where wild animals and insects are active, everyone should wear insect repellant, appropriate clothing, and pets should also have proper protection from fleas and ticks. Remember not to handle sick of dead animals or animal waste. A few simple precautions go a long way toward prevention animal-borne disease. 

    Check out our brochure on preventing animal-borne disease Adobe PDF Icon more information. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also offers general information on a variety of diseases spread by animals or by parasites from animals. The Colorado State University Extension Office offers general information on rabbits and controlling populations.


    The Zoonosis Program


    The zoonosis program deals directly with the health hazards created by mammals, insect, arthropods, and other vector pests that may carry disease. The goal of the program is to prevent the spread of disease to humans via vector pests and wild animals by conducting an integrated program of education, monitoring, trend analysis and some specimen testing when and where it is required. Additionally, the program monitors animal activity and die-offs, and provides information to the public, HOAs, cities, and park and recreation districts. The zoonosis program and local animal control agencies operate an animal bite management program to determine possible rabies exposure to people and/or their pets. 

    For more information contact JCPH Environmental Health Services Zoonosis Program, 303-271-5700 or Dave Volkel, 303-271-5730 or dvolkel@jeffco.us.


    Last Updated: 9-21-2015
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