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Man bitten by rabid skunk

Posted at 4:21 PM, Mar 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-01 18:38:17-05

TUCSON, Ariz. - Early today a man was bitten by a rabid skunk.

According to Arizona Game and Fish, the man was raking leaves outside his house when the skunk came up and bit him on the ankle.

The man was taken in for rabies testing and treatment.

The incident occurred at the man's residence just outside of Catalina State Park.

This year there have been 4 cases in Cochise County, 3 in Santa Cruz County, and 2 in Pima County reported rabies occurrences.

People are advised not to touch suspected rabid animals alive or dead. Dead animals can still spread rabies.

Those who have come in contact or bitten by a possible rabid animal is instructed to get tested for rabies to receive proper treatment.

Anyone can call 623-236-7201 if rabies is suspected.

For more information you can visit Arizona Game and Fish website.