A skunk captured in Mount Jackson has tested positive for rabies, the Lord Fairfax Health District announced in a Thursday news release.
The skunk, which was found in the Massanutten Trailer Park on Sunday, is known to have interacted with one dog.
The announcement comes two days after the health district announced a raccoon with rabies was found on April 8 on King David Drive in the Apple Mountain subdivision of Linden.
Rabies isn’t common in Virginia but does pose a threat to people and animals every year. The Virginia Department of Health reported three cases of rabies among animals in Shenandoah County during the first nine months of 2017, which is the most recently recorded information listed on its website, http://www.vdh.virginia.gov. Warren County reported two positive cases of rabies during that period.
So far this year, the health district has reported seven animals with rabies linked to Warren County.
The district, which covers the city of Winchester and the counties of Clarke, Frederick, Page, Shenandoah and Warren, is alerting anyone who received a bite or scratch from a skunk or who was otherwise exposed to the saliva of a skunk around April 14 in the Massanutten Trailer Park in Mount Jackson to seek immediate medical care at the nearest emergency department.
“Rabies is a deadly disease that is 100 percent fatal once symptoms begin, but can be prevented with treatment if it begins immediately after exposure,” the release states.
State law requires all domestic animals to be vaccinated against rabies.
For more information, visit www.vdh.virginia.gov/environmental-epidemiology/rabies-control/ or call the Shenandoah County Health Department at 540-459-3733. For more information on the Lord Fairfax Health District, visit www.vdh.virginia.gov/lord-fairfax/.