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Skunk in Ledyard tests positive for rabies

Health officials ask that the public refrain from feeding or approaching any wild or stray animals.
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LEDYARD, Conn. — A skunk found on Sable Drive in Ledyard tested positive for rabies on Friday. 

Health officials ask that the public refrain from feeding or approaching any wild or stray animals.

Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that can infect all warm-blooded animals, including people. It is spread mostly by wild animals, but stray cats and dogs may also become infected and spread the virus. The rabies virus lives in the saliva and brain tissue of infected animals. Rabies can be spread by scratches from infected animals or when infected saliva comes into contact with open wounds, breaks in the skin or mucous membranes (eyes, nose, mouth, etc.)

Health officials ask that if you have questions or concerns, contact the Ledge Light Health District at 860-448-4882 or the Ledyard Animal Control at 860-464-9621.

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