Rabid skunk captured in southwest Amarillo

Rabid skunk captured in southwest Amarillo
Photo not of the rabid skunks.

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - In a report issued on Monday, Feb. 11, the state confirmed a case of a rabid skunk captured in southwest Amarillo a week ago.

On Monday, Feb. 4, a dog alerted its owner that a skunk was in its kennel.

According to the report from the Texas Department of Health Services, when the owner opened the kennel door, the dog pounced on the skunk.

When the skunk sprayed its scent, the owner and dog fled.

Animal Control officers caught the skunk, and a report received on Thursday, Feb. 7 confirmed the skunk tested positive for rabies.

According to the CDC, rabies virus is an acute encephalitis in all warm-blooded hosts and the outcome is almost always fatal. The first symptoms may include lethargy, fever, vomiting and anorexia. Signs progress within days to cerebral dysfunction, cranial nerve dysfunction, ataxia, weakness, paralysis, seizures, difficulty breathing, difficulty swallowing, excessive salivation, abnormal behavior, aggression and/or self-mutilation.

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