LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Authorities in Lexington say a skunk has
tested positive for rabies, the sixth rabid animal found in Fayette
County this year.
The skunk was found in the Spurr Road area in the northern part
of the county. Rabies, a viral disease, is transmitted from animals
to humans by saliva, typically from a bite.
Health officials say there is no indication that any other
animals or humans were exposed to rabies from the skunk.
The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department says four skunks,
a horse and fox have tested positive for rabies this year. There
were just four cases in the county last year.
The disease can be fatal to humans if left untreated.
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