JEFFERSON COUNTY - 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
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