Skunk Found On Park Trail In Pima County Was Rabid

January 24, 2014

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Pima County health officials are trying to find out whether hikers and other visitors to Catalina State Park had physical contact with a rabid skunk.

Officials said a skunk tested positive for rabies after it was found on a park trail on Tuesday morning and that numerous people and pets were seen in the immediate vicinity. The Health Department said it is unknown whether any people or pets actually had physical contact with the skunk, but they said anybody that did have contact with the skunk should contact the Health Department for a risk assessment and recommendations on how to prevent infection.

Rabies is a life-threatening disease. Humans usually get rabies from a bite, scratch, or other direct physical contact with the saliva or secretion from an infected animal.