State officials warn to be aware of rabies threat

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Officials are reminding people to be wary of wildlife after a skunk tested positive for rabies in Williston. 

Rabies is fatal disease that is commonly transmitted by bites.  Officials warn to avoid wild animals, and be sure to vaccinate pets and livestock.  The Vermont Department of Health says that no one can judge if an animal is rabid by looking at it, and frequently animals appear to behave normally.  They say if you find orphaned wildlife, call your local game warden.

Fifteen animals have tested positive for rabies so far this year. The disease is commonly found in raccoons, skunks, foxes and bats.

Since 1992, hundreds of animals have tested positive for rabies, and the outbreak is expected to continue for many years.

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