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Fifth skunk of the year in NLR tests positive for rabies

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 8, 2015) -- On Thursday, the Arkansas Department of Health confirmed that a skunk found in North Little Rock tested positive for the rabies virus.

The skunk was found on Wednesday at 4617 School Street. This marks the fifth skunk to test positive for the rabies virus in North Little Rock this year, all of which were in the eastern section of the city.

North Little Rock Animal Control strongly urges parents who live in the area to make sure their children have not had any contact with skunks or other wildlife. Any person who has been exposed to rabies should seek immediate medical attention. We also urge all citizens to refrain from handling any form of wildlife. Pet owners should keep all pets current with their rabies vaccinations.

The two most common carriers of the rabies virus in Arkansas are skunks and bats.

The most common symptom of this deadly virus is abnormal behavior. Any citizen, who discovers a skunk or other wild animal that displays odd behavior or appears to be sick, should notify their local animal control or law enforcement agency, or the Arkansas Department of Health.

Please do not touch any skunks or bats. Any contact, accidental or otherwise, should be reported immediately.