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Rabies risk in Page County

14 January 2020 Luray/Page County News

The Lord Fairfax Health District is warning Page County residents of a rabies risk in the area. On Jan. 4, a skunk involved in an altercation with a dog was killed by the dog’s owner and turned over to the health department. The skunk tested positive for rabies. The event occurred in a rural area off Wilderness Trail, east of Luray.

“This skunk no longer poses a threat,” said Lord Fairfax Health District Director Dr. Colin Greene, “However, this case offers a reminder that any contact with a raccoon, fox, skunk or bat that could result in exposure to the animal’s saliva should be considered a potential rabies exposure. This applies to humans and domestic animals, and anyone exposed should receive an immediate medical evaluation.”

If you are bitten, scratched or licked by any wild or stray animals, seek medical attention immediately. Rabies is fatal to both animals and humans once symptoms begin, but it can be prevented in humans if they receive the vaccine and medication soon after exposure.

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