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Oakland County Health Division confirms rabies in skunk

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Posted at 9:00 AM, Mar 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-06 09:00:01-05

LAKE ORION, Mich. (WXYZ) — Animal rabies has been confirmed in a skunk in Lake Orion, the Oakland County Health Division says.

The division is urging residents to avoid stray, wild and dead animals.

“Rabies is a fatal disease and there is no known cure.” said Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer for Oakland County. “People and their pets are urged to avoid encounters with unfamiliar animals, and keep pets protected by getting them vaccinated.”

The disease is most often found in bats, raccoons, skunks and foxes, the health division says. Rabies is not spread through a skunk's spray. The virus is found in the salvia of infected animals and is spread through bites or scratches.

To report potential rabies exposure, call the health division at 248-858-1286.