Another Skunk In Lexington Positive For Rabies

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Authorities in Lexington say another skunk has tested positive for rabies, bringing the number of rabid animals found in Fayette County this year to seven.

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department said in a news release Monday that it was the second rabid skunk found in the Spurr Road area in the northern part of the county.

Health officials say there is no indication that any other animals or
humans were exposed to rabies from the skunk.

With the latest case, five skunks, a horse and a fox have tested positive for rabies this year in the central Kentucky county. There were just four cases in the county last year.

The viral disease is transmitted from animals to humans by saliva, typically from a bite. The disease can be fatal to humans if left untreated.

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