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  • Reducing the Risk of Rabies in Jefferson County

    JIM MURPHY, Jefferson County Health Officer|May 3, 2023

    The arrival of warmer weather in Jefferson County increases our chances of risky encounters with wildlife. One such risk, to both humans and domestic animals, is rabies. Animals commonly associated with rabies in Montana, such as skunks and bats, emerge during early and mid-spring - the same time most of us want to enjoy the warmer weather. Fortunately, reducing the risk of rabies for humans, pets and livestock is possible by taking simple precautions. Rabies is a preventable viral disease most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid...

  • Staying Healthy this Spring: Avoiding Ticks

    JIM MURPHY, Jefferson County Health Officer|Apr 26, 2023

    The changing weather is a clear indication that spring is finally coming! The "To Do Lists" from last fall have become longer and outside chores and activities are vying for your attention. Whether you're outside hiking, doing yard work, or preparing for your first camping trip, a few simple precautions can help you stay safe as summer approaches. This short article discusses common tick-borne illnesses in Montana and how to reduce your risk. With above average moisture and warmer weather,...