- Associated Press - Thursday, January 23, 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 say 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 says it’s unknown whether any people or pets actually had physical contact with the skunk. But they say 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.


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