BANGS — A case of rabies has been confirmed within the city limits of Bangs, Mayor Carrol Wells said Friday.
“We’re definitely urging everyone to make sure they have their pets vaccinated for rabies, and everyone should stay away from skunks and other animals that are behaving strangely,” Wells said. “Anyone who sees such animals should immediately contact the police department, and the city will take appropriate action.
Wells said the city is withholding the name of the resident on whose property the animal was found. Late Friday afternoon, Bangs police were trying to contact the individual. The mayor did not immediately have records on when the skunk was found nor when it was sent to the state health department lab for testing.
The mayor did not immediately have records on when the skunk was found nor when it was sent to the state health department lab for testing.
“We’re just trying to get the word out right,” she said.
“Do not touch any skunk is the advice the state health department is giving us,” Wells said. In urging vaccinations, Wells said the state physician who spoke with her explained that it is even more imperative for cats to get their shots because they are more likely to roam.
Wells cited an e-mail she received from the regional office of the state health department that indicates other cases of rabies have been confirmed recently in a raccoon south of Rising Star and in a skunk west of Blanket. It did not mention any other cases inside a municipality.
“But it appears that rabies is all around us,” Wells said.