Oakland County Health officials confirm rabies found in dead skunk

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Posted at 8:08 PM, Sep 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-19 22:40:28-04

(WXYZ) — Rabies has been found in a dead skunk that was removed from Southfield, Oakland County Health officials said Thursday.

The skunk was found just north of 10 Mile Road, and south of Lincoln Road between Southfield and Greenfield roads.

Multiple dead skunks were found in the area, according to health officials, but those were not tested for rabies. Residents are now being urged to stay away from wild animals like skunks, bats, raccoons, foxes and stray cats and dogs.

"Avoid stray, wild, and dead animals to protect yourself against rabies,” said Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer for Oakland County. “Rabies is present in our communities. People and their pets need to be careful and avoid encounters with unfamiliar animals.”

If you find a wild animal in the same area where several dead skunks were found, report it to the health division at 248-858-1286. You can also call the health division to report an animal bite.

You can find more info on rabies here.