Rabid skunk found in Watertown

Rabid skunk found in Watertown
(Source: WWNY)

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - A skunk has tested positive for the deadly rabies virus in the city of Watertown.

The Jefferson County Public Health Service said the animal was located on Monroe Avenue, where it was killed by the Watertown Police Department and submitted by the United States Department of Agriculture for testing.

There were no human or domestic animal exposures reported.

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.

Copyright 2019 WWNY. All rights reserved.