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Skunk and bat test positive for rabies in Salinas and Chualar Canyon area – Salinas Valley Tribune

SALINAS – A skunk found on April 26 near the East Romie Lane area in Salinas tested positive for rabies, the Monterey County Department of Health and Animal Welfare announced on Friday.

This is the second case of wildlife that has tested positive for the rabies virus in the last week. On April 22, it was also confirmed that a Mexican free-tailed bat was positive for rabies in the Chualar Canyon area of ​​unincorporated Monterey County.

“Animal Services investigated both incidents and determined that while there was exposure to pets, there was no human exposure in either case,” the county said in a press release.

The Monterey County Department of Animal Health and Services reminds the public that there is a continuing presence of rabies in local wildlife, both inside and outside the city limits. In Monterey County, skunks and bats are the most common species that test positive for the virus.

Pets, including dogs and cats, are at risk for rabies in the county. The county ordinance (MCC 8.08.010) and the Salinas City Code (SCC 7-5) require that all dogs and cats older than 4 months be vaccinated against rabies.

In addition to ensuring that pets are currently vaccinated, the following precautions are also advised:

  • Owners should avoid leaving their pets outside unattended, especially at dawn and dusk when wildlife may be more active;
  • Owners of domestic livestock species, such as horses, sheep, goats, pigs, and cattle, should talk about rabies vaccination with their veterinarian as these species are also susceptible to rabies infections from rabid wildlife;
  • Residents should avoid leaving pet food and water outside because it encourages wildlife activity at home; e
  • People should avoid contact with wildlife, especially skunks and bats at all times. Do not touch or approach animals that act strangely. If a wild animal is found dead, acting abnormally, or is sick, or if a pet has been exposed to rabies, please contact Monterey County Animal Services at 831-769-8850 or your local animal control agency.

You can learn more about rabies by calling the Monterey County Department of Health’s Communicable Diseases Unit at 831-755-4521 or visiting the Animal Services website. hitchcockroadanimals.org.

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