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Skunk Found In Baderville Tests Positive For Rabies

Coconino County health officials confirm that a skunk found in the Baderville area, northwest of Flagstaff, has tested positive for rabies. No animal or human came in contact with the rabid skunk. Health officials say if you are bitten or have had contact with an animal suspected to have rabies, to seek immediate medical attention. Prior to symptoms appearing, rabies is a preventable viral disease, that’s most often transmitted from a bite, scratch or lick of a rabid animal. Most rabies cases reports to the health services district each year occur in wild animals like foxes and skunks. So remember to avoid all wildlife, especially those acting unusual, like having aggressive behavior, no fear of humans, or acting sickly. Also, keep all pets current on vaccinations and obey leash laws. For more information, log onto www.azhealth.gov/rabies.