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Skunks at Sheppard: Rabies awareness

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With the weather changing constantly and it getting gradually colder, it is inevitable a few "creepy-crawlers" will make their way indoors and around your homes with the intent of staying warm for the winter. 

Skunks in particular have begun to sneak into buildings across Sheppard. The best prevention of having pests in your workplace is to maintain general cleanliness and keep your garages and doors closed. 

If any wild animals are found in your workplace, keep a close eye on the animal, DO NOT BOTHER IT, and contact Emergency Management Control Service immediately at 676-4502.

Skunks are often infected with the rabies virus and all bites are considered to be a possible exposure to this deadly virus. The rabies virus is spread via the saliva of an infected animal.  If you are bitten by a skunk or another domesticated and stray animal seek medical attention immediately in order to receive proper treatment. 

The rabies virus attacks the central nervous system causing disease in the brain and death if not treated immediately. Signs and symptoms of rabies may include weakness, discomfort, fever, or headache that may persist for a few days. 

Once signs of rabies appear, the disease is almost always fatal. In order to prevent rabies, it is important to steer clear of any unknown animals, wild animals in particular, and vaccinate your pets. 

For questions about the rabies virus, please contact 82d AMDS Public Health flight at 676-1874/3052 or visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at

For notification regarding any wild animals in an on-base facility, please contact EMCS at 940-676-4502.