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Do all skunks have rabies?

Like many other wild animals, skunks are known to carry a large number of parasites and illnesses. Distemper is on example of an illness that they carry, and there are many parasites that can be quite dangerous to you.

When you come in contact with the skunk, either with direct contact or through its waste, these parasites can get onto you and will start to burrow into your skin, looking for a way to get into your blood stream. From there they travel to your digestive tract where they can cause severe problems for you, to include vomiting, diarrhea, and cramps. These can be quite serious for sure.

One illness that many should worry a great deal about is getting rabies from a skunk. Skunks are known to have rabies, but does that mean that all of them have this disease? The answer is no, but you need to be careful anyway.

According to the United States government’s figures, only about 20 percent of skunks have rabies. That means that only one out of every five that you come in contact with will carry the disease. That may sound like good odds, but when you are talking about rabies there is no such thing as good odds, especially considering that there is a one in five chance that if this animal scratches or bites you that you will get the disease.

Consider that if not treated right away, a person will die from the disease. This means that if you are bitten and contract the virus, you usually have no longer than 48 hours to begin the treatments. If you don’t, this is always a fatal disease, the death is quite brutal. It is not something that anyone will want to endure.

What this tells you is that while the odds are not great that a skunk will carry rabies, they are good enough that staying away from the animal is an absolute must. You simply cannot put yourself at risk to this animal, and should make sure that you do all you can to keep yourself as safe as possible.

What you must also consider is that these animals do carry all of these other diseases and parasites. That means that even if it does not have rabies, you are at a good risk to catch something else that can make you quite sick. This goes for your kids and pets as well.

If you are ever around a skunk, the best thing to do is to try to get away as quickly as possible. This way you remove the risk of getting infected. If you are bitten, go to the doctor right away. Do not wait at all. Be safe and live. Read more: Skunk Control, how to kill skunks.

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