Berlin Animal Control and Rocky Hill Animal Control have captured two rabid skunks in town after reports including an incident where one bit a resident, officials confirmed.
The Central Connecticut Health District late last week released the following press release after their capture:
Two rabid skunks were captured during the week of
Sept. 9, one in Berlin and the other in Rocky Hill. Three people were
exposed to these animals and were required to undergo post-exposure
treatment, as rabies can be deadly in humans.
Any mammal can get rabies, whether wild or
domesticated. The most common wild animals that carry rabies are
raccoons, skunks, bats, foxes, and coyotes. However, cats, dogs, and
cattle also are susceptible to the virus.
Rabies is a disease that attacks the nervous system.
It is usually transmitted through the saliva of an infected animal into
an open wound or the mucous membranes of the eyes or mouth of an
uninfected person or animal.
The most common mode of transmission of the rabies
virus to people is through the bite of an infected animal. Handling a
rabid animal, or coming into contact with its blood, urine, or feces,
does not result in transmission of the disease. Any infected material
from the rabid animal would generally become noninfectious when it is
exposed to the sunlight and dries out.
To learn more about rabies in both humans and
animals, contact the Centers for Disease Control at 1-800- CDC-INFO
(1-800-232-4636), or visit www.cdc.gov/rabies.
For more information, contact the Central Connecticut Health District, (860) 721-2822; or visit www.ccthd.org.
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