The black and white stripes down its body do a pretty good job of getting people to run the other direction. You could quickly be trapped in a cloud of horrendous smell.

The skunks in Jefferson County give residents another reason to bolt the other way: rabies.

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Jefferson County Public Health Department found the 17th skunk testing positively for rabies.

That’s 17 rabies positive skunks in this year alone.

The county also found a bat testing positively for rabies.

Here are some precautions to keep in mind:

  • Avoid contact with any wild animals
  • Don’t let your pets roam around freely
  • Immediately contact a veterinarian if your pet is bitten/scratched by a wild animal
  • If a person has been bitten/scratched by a wild animal, wash the area with soap and water immediately and seek medical attention