Third case of rabies in Henrico County this year confirmed

Associated Press
Associated Press

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Henrico Animal Protection Police received a call Tuesday about a possibly rabid skunk attacking domesticated ducks.

The skunk was observed attacking ducks in their pen and was shot while attempting to escape the enclosure.

The skunk was later tested for rabies, and the results came back positive Thursday morning.

The only known contact with the skunk involved the mallard ducks in the pen.

Just two months earlier, another confirmed case of rabies occurred in the same area.

The Health Department has been notified.

Henrico Animal Protection Police would like to remind everyone to keep their pets’ rabies vaccinations current and to report any abnormal wildlife behavior or suspected rabies exposure to Henrico Police Non-Emergency Communications at 501-5000. This incident is the third confirmed positive rabies case for 2016 in the county.

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