Pilot Point confirms rabies found in skunk

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A case of rabies in a skunk has been confirmed in Pilot Point and officials in Bartonville suspect they may also have captured a rabid skunk recently.

The incidents prompted warnings from Denton County Health Director Bing Burton for residents to get their pets vaccinated.

Burton said human cases of rabies are rare, with none ever reported in Denton County and only about one every 10 to 15 years in Texas.

“We encourage people to vaccinate their pets, so the skunks won’t expose the pets and the pets won’t expose the owners,” he said.

The Pilot Point rabid skunk was found in the 1300 block of North Washington Street, officials said.

Officials said the skunk came in contact with two dogs, but both dogs were current on their vaccinations.

The dogs will be confined, however, during a required waiting period.

Pilot Point officials urge anyone who believes that a pet may have come in contact with a rabid animal to call 940-696-2969.

In Bartonville, a resident reported seeing a sick skunk that was in the 1600 block of East Jeter Road.

The skunk was captured, and authorities said the skunk was likely infected with rabies.

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