Monterey County

Rabies warning on Monterey Peninsula

Health officials said skunk killed by dog tests positive

Marina Animal Control officers came across a dead and diseased skunk in the back yard of a home on Michael Drive Wednesday.

An animal control officer learned from the homeowner that their dog had killed the skunk.

After routine rabies testing, they found it tested positive for the disease, which infects the central nervous system, ultimately causing disease in the brain and death according to the Centers for Disease Control.

This is the only confirmed case of rabies exposure within the city limits of Marina that is known to have occurred.

The affected dog has been placed under quarantine, but it is unknown at this time whether any other animals may have had contact with the infected skunk.

Marina Animal Control officers said these type of tests are routinely done in cases where there has been contact between skunks and other animals or humans due to the frequency of occurrence of rabies in skunks.

The county wants to make sure the public is aware of this confirmed rabies case in order to educate them and remind them to stay clear of all wildlife they might encounter. Also, it's a reminder to all pet owners to make sure their animal's rabies vaccinations are up to date.

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