Rabid Skunks Put Lafayette and Suwannee Counties On Alert

By: Garin Flowers Email
By: Garin Flowers Email

Skunks in Lafayette County are causing more than just a stinky problem.

The county health department has put out an alert, worried skunks there have rabies.

It started after someone found six of the baby animals in Live Oak.

The health department says the skunks were then brought to Lafayette and given to others, when it was discovered one had the viral disease.

"A wild animal is wild and you do not want to touch them. You want to stay away from them, because at any point besides rabies, there are other diseases that they can pass on. So, you just want to protect yourself and your animals," said Michael Mitchell with the Lafayette County Health Department.

Keep in mind, it's illegal to turn wild animals, like skunks, into house pets.

It's believed the other skunks died before being tested. The health department warns that anyone who came in contact with the skunks be tested for the viral disease, but believes all of those involved in this situation have received care.

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