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Rabid skunk found in Isle of Wight County after fighting with dog, health officials say – 13newsnow.com WVEC

ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY, Va. — Virginia health officials are reminding people to have their pets vaccinated after a skunk tested positive for rabies in Isle of Wight County.
The test results come after the skunk fought with a dog in the Lake Tormentor area of the county on Oct. 20. According to the Western Tidewater Health District, the dog was vaccinated and got a booster vaccine. The dog will be under a 45-day observation period.
Health officials said human exposure to rabies happens when the saliva of an infected animal enters the body through an open wound or mucous membrane, such as an animal bite.
“An animal exposure can be a serious medical event, for which prompt evaluation and complete treatment is critical,” Western Tidewater Health District wrote in a news release. “Rabies is highly preventable if vaccine is given early and as recommended. Unfortunately, without preventive treatment, by the time someone develops symptoms of rabies, there is no cure, and the disease is fatal in almost 100% of cases.”
To protect people and pets from rabies, Angela Tillery, the health director for the Western Tidewater Health District, shared several recommendations:
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