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Krum plans vaccination clinic after report of rabid skunk

In response to a report of rabies found in an euthanized skunk, the city of Krum is planning a registration and rabies vaccination clinic.

Officials haven’t determined at what times and dates the clinic will be available, but a notice with a list of dates will be released as soon as dates are confirmed.

On Tuesday, the city received a state report that the skunk had tested positive for rabies.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, rabies is a viral disease most often transmitted through the bite of an infected animal. It can infect animals and people.

The virus infects the central nervous system, ultimately causing disease in the brain and death, according to the CDC.

Some of the early symptoms of rabies in people include fever, headache and general weakness or discomfort.

As the disease progresses, symptoms may include insomnia, anxiety, confusion, slight or partial paralysis, excitation, hallucinations, agitation and an increase in salivation. Death usually occurs within days of the onset of these symptoms, according to the CDC.

The skunk was euthanized after it entered a fenced backyard and came into contact with three dogs.

The dogs were exposed to the rabies when they fought the skunk.

The area of exposure was in the Saddlebrooke Addition in the southeast portion of the city.

Krum Police Department officials are encouraging residents to be careful and to report any wild animals they see in their neighborhoods.

Officials also want residents to make sure their animals are contained to keep them away from stray and wild animals. Residents are also asked to keep excess food to a minimum.

Contact Animal Control Services at 972-837-6142 or Krum City Hall at 940-482-3171 for all animal control issues.