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Second skunk tests positive for rabies in NLR
Second skunk tests positive for rabies in NLR

On April 8, 2014 a dead skunk was found near the clubhouse of the Burns Park Golf Course in North Little Rock. The skunk was sent to the Arkansas Department of Health for testing.  On April 10th, North Little Rock Animal Control was notified that the skunk tested positive for the rabies virus.

In accordance with North Little Rock Animal Control’s standard operating protocol when a test returns positive, the city is notifying the press via this release in addition to city social media outlets.

The City of North Little Rock wants to remind everyone of the state law and city ordinance that requires rabies vaccinations for pets.  Now is a great time to make sure everyone is following that law.  This is the second skunk in the past two weeks to return positive. The public is urged to use caution around wildlife.

No known contact between the skunk and any humans or other animals occurred. If the public has any questions they may call NLR Animal Control at 501.791.8577

**Information from the United States Centers for Disease Control

Rabies in humans is rare in the United States. There are usually only one or two human cases per year. But the most common source of human rabies in the United States is from bats. For example, among the 19 naturally acquired cases of rabies in humans in the United States from 1997-2006, 17 were associated with bats. Among these, 14 patients had known encounters with bats.