Farmers Branch officials issue warning after child bit by rabid skunk


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Posted on April 28, 2014 at 5:59 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 28 at 6:26 PM

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FARMERS BRANCH -- The Farmers Branch Environmental Health Department has issued an alert after a rabid skunk bit a 10-year-old boy.

The boy was attending an event that featured live animals on Saturday at a building in the 2200 block of Springlake Road when he approached the skunk, which had apparently entered through an open back door.

The skunk bit the boy on the ankle before it was captured and euthanized by Farmers Branch animal services officers.

The skunk was sent to the Texas Department of State Health Services lab in Austin, where it tested positive for rabies.

Anyone that may have had contact with the animal is asked to call Farmers Branch animal services immediately at 972-919-8770.

"It is always important, but more so under these circumstances, to be sure all family pets are current on their rabies vaccinations," said Farmers Branch Environmental Health Director Stacy Wright.

Wright also warned to carefully observe pets that may have had contact with wild animals.

"If they suspect an animal may be rabid, they should avoid contact and call the animal services department," he said.

The 10-year-old is undergoing treatment for rabies exposure.