Rabid skunk found in Watertown

Rabid skunk found in Watertown
(Source: WWNY)

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - A second rabid animal has been reported in Jefferson County.

Jefferson County Public Health officials say they just received lab results from the state Department of Health indicating a skunk found in the city of Watertown had rabies.

Officials say no pets or people had any known exposure to the animal.

This follows a report of a rabid bat in a West Carthage home, where four people were sleeping.

Since it's difficult to tell if a bat has bitten someone, all four are undergoing rabies treatments.

Rabies is always fatal, but early treatment can prevent the disease in humans and in pets that are up to date with their vaccinations.

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.

Health officials recommend staying away from unfamiliar animals, not leaving food out that attracts wildlife, monitoring pets when they’re outside, and keeping pets vaccinated.

If you’re hurt by an animal, wash the wound with soap and water and seek immediate medical attention.

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