December 9, 2015
***Rabies Alert*** Crawford County Skunk Tests Positive for Rabies
Location – US HWY 6 & 19, Saegertown, Hayfield Township, Crawford County
Summary –A man was in his bathroom when he heard his dog barking loudly. When he looked out the window, he saw a skunk attached to his dog’s rear leg. The skunk was shot and submitted to the Pennsylvania Veterinary Laboratory where it tested positive for rabies.
Exposure –One currently vaccinated dog was exposed to the skunk. The dog was given a rabies booster and will be quarantined for 90 days. Two people were exposed to the skunk and will receive post exposure treatment.
Rabies Law – Pennsylvania law requires all dogs and non-feral cats three months of age and older to be vaccinated against rabies. Booster vaccinations must be administered periodically to maintain lifelong immunity. Failure to comply with the law may result in a fine of up to $300.
For more information, visit www.agriculture.state.pa.us and search “rabies.”
Contact: Dr. Heather Palm, 814-332-6890
This notification is intended for the use of the animal health community and does not constitute a press release from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. Media inquiries can be made to 717-787-5085.