STARK, N.Y. – A second skunk has tested positive for rabies in the past week.
The skunk was found fighting with a dog in the yard of a residence in the town of Stark. The dog owner killed the skunk, and brought it in to be tested. Wadsworth Labs tested the skunk on Thursday, Sept. 12.
Herkimer County Public Health suggests the following:
- Vaccinate pets against rabies
- Make sure animal enclosures are secure so small animals cannot get in
- Spay or neuter all animals to reduce the number of strays
- Do not feed strays or handle unknown animals, wild or domestic
Due to the high percentage of bats that can carry the rabies virus, any bat that is found in a house, if there was any possibility it had contact with a person or an animal in the house, call Public Health at 315-867-1176, and they will make arrangements to have the bat tested.