Skunk in Watertown tested positive for rabies

Photo courtesy of Florida State University

WATERTOWN — The state Department of Health laboratory has reported to the Jefferson County Public Health Service that a skunk in the city has tested positive for rabies.

This skunk was located on Monroe Avenue, where it was killed by city police officers and sent by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for testing.

There were no human or domestic animal exposures reported, the public health service said in a statement.

Rabies is a fatal disease that attacks the brain and spinal cord. It can take several weeks to several months for rabies symptoms to appear. Early treatment after an exposure can prevent rabies in humans and in pets who are up to date on vaccinations.

Any mammal can get rabies, but it is most often seen in bats, raccoons, skunks, and foxes.

Animals with rabies may be aggressive, sick or unusually friendly.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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