Near the 100 block of Elmdale Road in Abilene, one skunk tested positive for rabies by Abilene Animal Services, according to a City press release. Domestic animals have been confined due to possible exposure.
The City reminds residents that rabies is a deadly virus that spreads through saliva of infected animals. If infected, animals and humans can be treated by a doctor, through a series of shots. The City also urges people to not handle common rabies carriers such as: bats, skunks, raccoons along with other wild animals.
"Anyone that is bitten by a domestic animal or bitten or scratched by a wild animal must immediately contact a health professional for a rabies risk assessment instead of waiting for symptoms to develop; once symptoms are present, the virus may be untreatable," according to a City press release.
If someone is bit, report the incident to animal control authorities so the bitting animal can be quarantined or tested for rabies.
Some signs of rabies in animals include: abnormal behavior such as nocturnal animals being active in the day time, difficulty moving and unusual sounds.
Report unusual animal activity and suspected rabid animals to Abilene Animal Services at (325) 698-0085.
Abilene Animal Services offered these tips concerning exposure to rabies:
- Do not feed wild animals
- Teach children to stay away from wild or deceased animals
- Do not allow pets to roam freely
- Keep pets' vaccinations current
- Immediately contact the vet if a pet is bitten or scratched by a wild animal
- People with possible rabies exposure should consult with a doctor without delay
- Report all animal bites to animal control