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3rd rabid skunk identified in Mid-Michigan

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GENESEE COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Another rabid skunk has been identified, bringing the count to three rabid skunks so far this year in Genesee County.

All the animals were found just south of the Kearsley Reservoir near Richfield Road.

Rabies is a virus that impacts the nervous system of mammals, including humans. It can be contracted through a bite, scratch or saliva.

If untreated, it can be fatal.

The Genesee County Health Department reminds people that wild animals are more active this time of year, which means the exposure to rabies is on the uptick.

You are also encouraged to vaccinate your pet. Whether animals are kept indoors or outdoors, the GCHD says it is important to make sure they are protected. It includes animals like dogs, cats, ferrets, horses, cattle and sheep.

Also, if you find a bat in your home, do not release it until after speaking with the Genesee County Animal Control. If may be possible to test the bat and avoid the need to receive rabies treatment.

For more information on rabies, click here.

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