Skunk Tests Positive For Rabies In Lewis County
A skunk found in the town of Lowville has tested positive for rabies.
Officials from Lewis County Public Health say the skunk was acting strangely. Tests from the state Department of Health revealed the animal had rabies.
It had direct contact with an unvaccinated domestic animal, which had to be euthanized.
There was no human contact with the skunk, health officials say.
It was the second animal from Lewis County to test positive for rabies this year.
Health officials say people should keep themselves and pets away from any wild animals and be sure pets are up to date with rabies vaccinations.
Livestock owners should consider vaccinating their cattle and horses, too, officials say.
For more information about rabies, call Lewis County Public Health at 315-376-5453.
Friday, March 7, 2014, Watertown, NY
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