Skunk tests positive for rabies after attacking goat in Grayson County, health officials say

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

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

GRAYSON COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — The Mount Rogers Health District issued a warning to the Grayson County community on Friday after a skunk that recently fought with another animal turned out to be rabid.

According to the health district, the skunk attacked a goat near Beaver Creek Road in Baywood on Monday, Sept. 20. That skunk has since tested positive for rabies.

If you or any mammal pets may have had recent contact with a skunk in the area around Beaver Creek Road, you are asked to contact the Grayson County Health Department at 276-773-2961.

You should also make sure your pets’ rabies vaccinations are up to date. This can apply to livestock, as well.

“Remember, rabies is fatal once the symptoms appear,” stated a flyer shared by the Mount Rogers Health District on Friday, Sept. 24. “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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