Health officials warn Grayson County community about rabid skunk that attacked dogs

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(Photo: Courtesy K. Theule/USFWS via MGN Online)

(Photo: Courtesy K. Theule/USFWS via MGN Online)

GRAYSON COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — For the second time in a month, the Mount Rogers Health District issued a warning about a rabid skunk attacking other animals in the Baywood area of Grayson County.

According to the health district, on Friday, Oct. 15, a skunk got in a fight with several dogs near Delhart Road. That skunk has since tested positive for rabies.

This news comes after the health district reported that a skunk — which also turned out to be rabid — attacked a goat near Beaver Creek Road on Sept. 20.

If you or any mammal pets may have come in contact recently with a suspicious skunk in the Baywood area, you are asked to call the Grayson County Health Department at 276-773-2961.

In addition, you should make sure your pets’ rabies vaccinations are up to date. This can also apply to livestock.

“Remember, rabies is fatal once the symptoms appear,” the health district stated in an updated Facebook post on Friday, Oct. 22. “All mammals (including humans) can get rabies. Rabies is most commonly transmitted by a bite, but also may be transmitted by saliva or brain tissue of a rabid animal coming into contact with eyes, mucous membranes, or open wounds.”

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