INCREASE IN SKUNKS INFECTED WITH RABIES PROMPTS WARNING FROM PUBLIC HEALTH
BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. – Butte County Public Health’s (BCPH) Animal
Control Program has seen an increase in skunks infected with rabies and
urges residents, especially those who live in areas prone to wildlife
visits, to take precautions and keep current on rabies vaccination for
cats and dogs.
Pets can become infected with rabies and spread the virus to humans.
Since mid-June, four skunks have tested positive for rabies. The
infected skunks have all been located in the South part of Butte County.
“We don’t know why we are seeing an increase in rabid skunks,
but will continue to monitor the situation. The public is urged not to
interact with wildlife and to protect their pets from wildlife
encounters, which includes keeping them current on their rabies
vaccinations,” stated Danette York, Director of BCPH.
Prevent Rabies in People:
Any mammal can get rabies, but the most commonly affected animals in
the United States are raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes. Protect
yourself and your family from rabies by: • Keeping cats and dogs current on rabies vaccination. • Leaving all wildlife alone, including injured animals. Do not approach, touch or attempt to feed them. • Calling your local animal control agency if you find an injured or rabid animal. • If you are bitten by an animal, wash the bite area with soap and water and contact your healthcare provider immediately.
Prevent Rabies in Pets: Pets can become infected with rabies if they interact with infected wildlife. Protect your pets from rabies by: • Keeping cats and dogs current on rabies vaccination.
• Maintaining control of pets by keeping cats indoors and keeping dogs
under direct supervision, especially if you live in areas prone to
wildlife activity. • Immediately contact your local animal control
agency if you find an injured or rabid animal, or if you have any reason
to believe that there has been a possible transmission of the rabies
Residents who suspect there is a rabid skunk on their
property or find an injured animal, such as a skunk, raccoon, fox or bat
should call their local animal control agency regarding possible
exposure: • If you live in the unincorporated county (including Biggs), call Butte County Animal Control: 530-552-3888 • If you live in the City of Oroville, call: 530-533-7636 • If you live in the City of Chico, call: 530-897-4960 • If you live in the City of Gridley, call: 530-846-4825 • If you live in the Town of Paradise, call: 530-872-6275
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