Positive case of skunk carrying rabies reported in southeast Abilene

ABILENE, Texas - A skunk found in southeast Abilene has tested positive for rabies, the city of Abilene said in a news release Thursday.

The Texas Department of State Health Services has confirmed the specimen, the city said.

Here's the complete city of Abilene news release:

The City of Abilene's Animal Services division announced that there is a positive case of rabies in a skunk found in south east Abilene. The specimen was confirmed by the Texas Department of State Health Services. Animals Services has also confined a dog that came into contact with the skunk and will be delivering notices to those neighborhood residents that a positive rabies case was confirmed in their area.

*-- Animal Services recommends the following tips to help alleviate the potential danger of rabies:

*-- Immunize all dogs and cats over the age of four months.

*-- Keep all pets confined in a secure enclosure or on a leash while walking.

 *-- Immediately report any wild animals exhibiting unusual behavior.

Rabies is a virus disease of the central nervous system. It can be transmitted by the bite of a rabid animal or through the saliva of a rabid animal being introduced into a fresh scratch or similar skin break and rarely by other routes. Saliva in contact with unbroken skin or even on a scratch wound over 24 hours old (one where a scab has formed) usually won't require anti-rabies treatment. You should immediately see a doctor if you have been bitten and think the animal could be rabid.


In case of contact with a potentially rabid animal in city limits, contact:

Animal Services: 325-698-0085 (regular hours) or 325-673-8331 (after hours).


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