3 Animals Test Positive for Rabies In Jefferson County

3 Animals Test Positive for Rabies In Jefferson County

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Three new cases of rabies have been confirmed in Jefferson County.

The Jefferson County Public Health Service reports that two raccoons and one skunk have tested positive for the deadly virus.

All three were obtained by the United States Department of Agriculture and submitted for study.

One raccoon was in Henderson and the other in Adams. The skunk was located in the city of Watertown off Ives Street.

There were no known human or pet exposures.

Rabies is a fatal disease that attacks the brain and spinal cord. It can take several weeks to several months for rabies symptoms to appear.

Early treatment after an exposure can prevent rabies in humans and in pets who are up to date on vaccination. Any mammal can get rabies, but it is most often seen in bats, raccoons, skunks, and foxes. Animals with rabies may be aggressive, sick or unusually friendly.

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