Skunks are testing positive for rabies in Wichita County. The Wichita Falls Wichita County Health District Is warning residents that infected animals could be roaming around in your neighborhood.
The Wichita Falls Wichita County Health District says there have been more positive reports so far this year than last and officials are concerned because they say its early in the season. Just today officials confirmed a fifth case in Wichita county and it seems no area is excluded from the warning. Two cases were confirmed in the northern part of the county and two in the southern part of the county. Today Newschannel Six found out that a fifth infected skunk was found in the central portion of Wichita County. Officials want residents to be aware of how to protect themselves and their pets.
Katrena Mitchell, Animal Services Administrator of the Wichita County Public Health says, "one thing you can definitely do is make sure your pets are current on their rabies vaccinations. It is required by the state of Texas to be administered by a licensed veterinarian." Officials say several dogs and horses that did not have current rabies vaccinations and had been in contact with the skunks were either euthanized or placed or placed in isolation.
Some wild animals to keep a close eye on are skunks, raccoons, foxes, coyotes, and bats. Officials say infected animals will appear fearless or aggressive. If you see a suspicious animal call your animal control service and do not take matters into your own hands.
Here are some tips to protect yourself...
Vaccinate your pets.
Contact your Veterinarian.
City ordinance and state law requires anyone keeping or owning pets a dog or cat 16 weeks of age or older to have that animal vaccinated against rabies.
Pet owners do not leave pet food outdoors, Food left outside may attract high-risk wild animals.
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