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Second rabies case confirmed within Abilene city limits

Published On: Apr 26 2013 05:09:14 PM CDT
Rabies in skunk

From the city of Abilene:

The city of Abilene’s Animal Services Division announced that there has been another positive case of rabies in a skunk found in south Abilene. This is the second positive test confirmed this month. The specimen was confirmed by the Texas Department of State Health Services. Animals Services will deliver notices to those residing in the area where the positive rabies case was confirmed.

Animal Services recommends the following tips to help alleviate the potential danger of rabies:

1.    Immunize all dogs and cats over the age of four months.

2.    Keep all pets confined in a secure enclosure or on a leash while walking.

3.    Immediately report any wild animals exhibiting unusual behavior.

Rabies is a virus disease of the central nervous system. It can be transmitted by the bite of a rabid animal or through the saliva of a rabid animal being introduced into a fresh scratch or similar skin break and rarely by other routes. Saliva in contact with unbroken skin or even on a scratch wound over 24 hours old (one where a scab has formed) usually won’t require anti-rabies treatment. You should immediately see a doctor if you have been bitten and think the animal could be rabid.

In case of contact with a potentially rabid animal in city limits, contact:

Animal Services: 325-698-0085 (regular hours) or 325-673-8331 (after hours).