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Health alert issued after rabid skunk bites woman at Six Flags

7:12 AM, Aug 3, 2013   |    comments
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AGAWAM, Mass. (WGGB) - State public health officials are urging anyone who may have recently come in contact with a skunk at Six Flags New England to contact their medical provider.

Anne Roach, spokesperson for the Mass. Department of Public Health, says that a woman was visiting Six Flags New England on Wednesday when a skunk approached her and bit the woman on the foot.

That skunk was sent to a state lab and has tested positive for rabies.

The Department of Public Health is concerned that anyone who visited Six Flags and was bitten or scratched by a skunk between July 21 and July 31 may have been exposed to rabies and those people should contact their healthcare provider immediately.

Roach adds that only people who came into direct exposure to skunk saliva are at risk for rabies.

Rabies can develop and is virtually always fatal, if proper treatment is not administered. Prompt post-exposure vaccinations can help prevent the development of rabies.

Public health officials can help determine if whether any contact with this skunk constitutes an exposure needing vaccines.

If anyone has any questions about these recommendations, you are asked to call the Mass. Department of Public Health Epidemiology and Immunization at (617) 983-6800.


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