Whitesburg KY

Rabid skunks plague Fayette Co.


Authorities in Lexington say a skunk has tested positive for rabies, the sixth rabid animal found in Fayette County this year.

The skunk was found in the Spurr Road area in the northern part of the county. Rabies, a viral disease, is transmitted from animals to humans by saliva, typically from a bite.

Health officials say there is no indication that any other animals or humans were exposed to rabies from the skunk.

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department says four skunks, a horse and fox have tested positive for rabies this year. There were just four cases in the county last year.

The disease can be fatal to humans if left untreated.

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