Rabid skunk confirmed in the Read Mountain section of Botetourt County

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

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

BOTETOURT COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – A case of rabies has been confirmed by the Botetourt County Health Department.

They say a skunk was collected by Animal Control in the 3200 block of Reed Mountain Road on Sept. 29.

The health department says they confirmed the cases of rabies on Oct. 4.

Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system.

It is preventable in animals by vaccination but if left untreated, it can be fatal to both humans and animals.

Exposure to rabies is considered any time a bite, scratch or other circumstance where saliva or Central Nervous System tissue from a potentially rabid animal enters an open, fresh wound or comes in contact with a mucous membrane by entering the eye, mouth or nose.

Residents in the area are urged to contact the Botetourt County Health Department or Botetourt County Animal Control if you know of any possible human or animal contact with this skunk.

Dog and cat owners are required by law to have their pet(s) age four months and older to maintain current rabies vaccinations.

Citizens should also avoid contact with any animals acting suspiciously. Animals infected with rabies show the following symptoms: excessive drooling, aggression, difficulty swallowing, seizures and staggering while walking.

All animal bites and rabies exposures, from domestic and wild animals, must be reported to the Botetourt County Animal Control at 540-473-8230 or the Botetourt County Health Department at 540-666-4245.

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