Most of us avoid skunks because we're afraid of being sprayed by them and the smell is very hard to lose. But, in Odenton health officials are warning residents to avoid them for another reason-rabies. Earlier today Anne Arundel County Health officials issued a health warning:
"The Anne Arundel County Department of Health is seeking anyone who may have come in contact with a Skunk near the intersection of Broad Wing Drive and White Clover Lane in the Two Rivers Community in Odenton, Maryland. The Skunk, which was found on September 3, has tested positive for rabies. If you or your pet had contact with a Skunk, or your pet has unexplained wounds, please contact the Anne Arundel County Department of Health at 410-222-7254 Monday through Friday from
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or 443-481-3140 after business hours.
Rabies is spread by the bite or scratch of an infected animal, such as a groundhog, cat, fox, raccoon, or bat. It is also spread when an infected animal’s saliva comes in contact with the eyes, nose, mouth, or open cut of a person or another animal.
Preventive treatment might be required for anyone who handled, fed, or was attacked by the Skunk. Rabies is a fatal disease, and preventive treatment (injections) must be started as soon as possible. The Department of Health advises county residents not to feed wild or stray animals or leave food dishes outside. Pet owners should also keep their animals’ rabies vaccinations current.
For online information about rabies, click here.
To get a free fact sheet on rabies, call 410-222-7254."