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Published March 27, 2013, 03:38 PM

Skunk found in South Bismarck positive for rabies

The North Dakota Department of Health is alerting the public that a skunk found near the Bismarck Expressway and Washington Street intersection in South Bismarck has tested positive for rabies. Bismarck Animal Control Officers picked up the skunk on March 26th, 2013.

By: WDAZ Staff Reports, WDAZ

The North Dakota Department of Health is alerting the public that a skunk found near the Bismarck Expressway and Washington Street intersection in South Bismarck has tested positive for rabies. Bismarck Animal Control Officers picked up the skunk on March 26th, 2013.

If you believe you were bitten or exposed to the animal's saliva, please contact the Department of Health at 701-328-2378, and your healthcare provider. There have been reports of children possibly attempting to capture the skunk.

Rabies is a viral infection affecting mammals, including people. It can be transmitted through open wound or mucous membrane (eyes, nose, mouth) contact with an infected animal's saliva. The virus causes swelling of the brain and without timely intervention, the disease is almost always fatal.

Officials say this sunk was the second rabid animal discovered in the area recently. If you see a wild animal in town, particularly one that appears ill, avoid the animal and contact local animal control.

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