Saline County investigating third rabies case

Published On: Jun 25 2013 12:40:52 PM CDT   Updated On: Jun 25 2013 02:47:33 PM CDT

A skunk has tested positive for rabies in Saline County, making it the third case in the county this year.

The Kansas State University Rabies Laboratory in Manhattan said the animal tested postive for rabies June 18. It is unknown where the animal was found. The latest case is the 36th across the state compared to 56 total cases in 2012. Skunks are the most affected animals.

The risk of exposure to rabies is real for both humans and domestic animals. The K-State Rabies Laboratory offers these tips to prevent rabies:

- Have your veterinarian vaccinate all dogs, cats, ferrets, horses, and valuable livestock against rabies.

- If bitten by an animal, seek medical attention and report the bite to your local public health department or   animal control department immediately.

- If your animal is bitten, contact your veterinarian for an appointment for the animal to be examined.

- Do not handle, or feed wild animals. Never adopt wild animals or bring them into your home.

- If wild animals appear sick or injured, call the Salina Animal Shelter at 785-826-6535 for assistance.

- Teach children never to handle unfamiliar animals, wild or domestic, even if they appear friendly.

If you have additional questions, please contact the Salina-Saline County Health Department at 785-826-6600, Salina Animal Shelter at 785-826-6535, your veterinarian, or the K-State Rabies Laboratory at 785-532-4483.