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Rabid Skunk Captured in Rockefeller State Park

MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. – The Westchester County Department of Health has issued an advisory after a rabid skunk was captured Sunday at the Rockefeller State Park Preserve in Pocantico Hills.

All those who have come in contact with a skunk before Sunday at the state park may need to receive a rabies vaccination immediately, said Dr. Cheryl Archibald, Westchester County Acting Commissioner of Health.

Families are encouraged to report any pets that may have also come in contact with this skunk at any point at the state park.

According to the Department of Health, behavior such as random aggression or disorientation may be a sign of rabies in an animal. The disease can be transmitted through bites or even contact with the rabid animal's saliva.

After appearing unhealthy and disoriented, the skunk was captured and submitted for rabies testing, which later confirmed the wild animal was rabid.

For more information or to report any information, visit the Health Department's website at www.westchestergov.com/health or call the rabies info line at (914) 813-5000.

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