Stephens County officially has its first rabies case of 2014.
The report was confirmed by local veterinarian Dr. Tom Echols, who sent a skunk sample to Texas Department of Health in Austin.
The rabies sample from the skunk was confirmed on April 16 and no human exposure was reported.
Any animal bitten or scratched by either a wild, carnivorous mammal or a bat that is not available for testing should be regarded as having been exposed to rabies.
“Citizens need to remember to have their pets vaccinated with the rabies vaccine,” said city manager Andy McCuistion. “With the first case being reported, it should make pet owners more aware that their is always a possibility of any pet contracting rabies.”
Visit your local veterinarian with your pet on a regular basis and keep rabies vaccinations up-to-date for all cats and dogs.