Rabid skunk bites Orange County woman, husband shoots and kills it

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ROUGEMONT, N.C. (WNCN) — An Orange County woman was attacked by a rabid skunk and her husband shot it minutes later on Labor Day, officials say.

The report of the rabid animal is the fourth positive rabies test result this  year, according to the NC State Laboratory of Public Health.

The latest incident as a woman in Rougemont was watering flowers outside her home and a skunk bit her ankle, Orange County Animal Services officials said in an email.

The woman was able to “shake the skunk away from her ankle and her husband took her inside the house to clean the wound,” animal services officials.

Minutes later, as the couple was about to leave for the hospital “the skunk appeared again and was shot and killed by the husband,” officials said.

Officials said that raccoons are most likely to have rabies. Dogs and cats, groundhogs and foxes are most likely to contract rabies from raccoons.

Bats are also known to have rabies, according to health officials.

Officials reminded the public that dogs, cats and ferrets older than four months must have a current and valid rabies vaccination at all times.

Two low-cost rabies vaccination events are planned in Orange County:

  • Thursday, September 29, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Eno River Farmers Market, 144 E Margaret Lane in Hillsborough;
  • Saturday, October 1, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Animal Services Center, 1601 Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill.

The cost for rabies vaccinations is $10.

Clinic dates for the rest of 2016 are posted at this link.

For more information, please call Orange County Animal Services at 919.942.7387.

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