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Skunk Found in Bedford Tests Positive for Rabies

Bedford Animal Control says a skunk found deceased Monday has tested positive for rabies.

The skunk was tested at the Texas Department of State Health Services laboratory in Austin.

It may have had contact with a resident's dog in the area of Cedar Grove Lane, officials said.

Bedford officials urge pet owners to make sure their dogs and cats are up to date with their shots, especially if they spend time outdoors. They say this is the first line of defense to human infection.

Symptoms of rabies include, but are not limited to: lethargy, fever, vomiting, full or partial paralysis, seizures, excessive salivation, aggression, difficulty breathing or swallowing, and any other abnormal behavior.

Anyone who believes they observed or came in contact with an animal that may be rabid should call Bedford p at 817-952-2127 or the Texas Department of State Health Services Zoonosis Control Program at 512-776-7255.

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