|Rabid skunk confirmed southwest of Wauneta|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Thursday, 19 July 2012 20:21|
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Rabies has been confirmed in a skunk found southwest of Wauneta, according to a veterinarian’s report.
Dr. Steve Pollmann with Southwestern Veterinary Services in Wauneta said the skunk had crawled into a dog’s pen and was eventually shot by the dogs’ owner.
The animal was brought to Dr. Pollmann, who had it sent in for testing last week.
Results back Friday from Kansas State University confirmed the rabies, he said.
The rabid skunk is the second animal in this area confirmed with rabies.
A rural Dundy County dog was also confirmed with rabies in early June, said Dr. Pollmann.
Veterinary Services in Imperial has had no positive confirmation of rabies, although some samples have been sent in.
Dr. Pollmann reminds dog and cat owners that state law requires them to have their pets vaccinated against rabies.
Since rabies cases in the state have already outpaced last year, it is also important to be aware of increased aggressiveness seen in animals, Dr. Pollmann said, which may be an indicator of rabies, a neurological disorder.
According to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, there have been 41 rabies cases in the state this year, up from 35 in all of 2011.