Arkansas sees spike in number of documented rabid skunks

05/5/2011 | Reuters

Documented cases of skunks infected with rabies have reached 35 so far this year in Arkansas, a state which normally has about 32 skunks test positive for the illness each year, said Susan Weinstein, state public health veterinarian. Officials attribute the spike to greater public awareness about the risk of rabid skunks, resulting in more people turning in dead or captured skunks rather than just disposing of them. Arkansas only tests skunks that are turned in or collected.

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