Rabies alert for Robertson County

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UPDATE!

Another rabid skunk has been found in Robertson County. Officer Spiller reports removing a rabid skunk in Calvert from the Calvert Arms Apartments. All residents in the area are to be advised DO NOT touch, pet, pick up or otherwise handle any wildlife. Please have pets vaccinated or keep them indoors.

Robertson County animal control worker, Officer Ben Spiller, would like to alert people that a rabid skunk was found in the 100 block of Missionary Circle in Hearne. Spiller urges everyone in the area to be aware of the wildlife in the area such as skunks, squirrels and raccoons and to keep a close eye on their pets.

Spiller recommends that animals and humans in the area keep their rabies vaccinations up to date.

Rabies is a serious disease caused by a virus. Rabies is mainly a disease of animals, however humans get rabies when infected animals bite them. Rabies can cause pain, fatigue, headaches, fever, and irritability. These are followed by seizures, hallucinations, and paralysis. Human rabies is almost always fatal. Wild animals - especially bats - are the most common source of human rabies infection in the United States. Skunks, raccoons, dogs, cats, and other mammals can also transmit the disease.

Anyone who has been bitten by an animal, or who otherwise may have been exposed to rabies, should clean the wound and see a doctor immediately. The doctor will determine if they need to be vaccinated. Likewise, if a wild animal has bitten your cat or dog, clean their wound with a peroxide and water mixture and take them to the vet immediately.

 

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