MAP: Rabid skunks in Missouri

February 27, 2013 | 8:12 p.m. CST
The Missouri Department of Conservation recently issued a warning to residents regarding rabid animal concerns within the state. While bats and other wild animals are known to spread rabies, the striped skunk can do the same thing. As skunks begin to come out of winter burrows and enter their mating season, the Conservation Department urges individuals to take caution if they see or encounter a skunk with abnormal, aggressive behavior. Transmission of the rabies virus occurs through saliva and can be contracted through one bite. The last case of human contraction of rabies in Missouri was in 2008.

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