Most of us are
aware of the horrific spray that skunks carry
with them and spray, but there are other things
inside of them that are a whole lot worse than
just that. It is the diseases and parasites that
they carry with them that really make them
dangerous. Too many people worry about those
anal glands, but being bitten by a skunk or
coming in contact with its waste somehow can be
incredibly dangerous to you, a whole lot more
dangerous than just smelling bad.
If you come in contact with one of these
animals, make sure you run the other way. Here
are some things that skunks will carry with
Rabies – the U.S. government provides statistics
that about 20 percent of all skunks have rabies.
That is not a large number, but is a large
enough one. Rabies is fatal to human beings if
not treated right away. If you are bitten or
scratched by a skunk, make sure that you are
treated right away, just to be safe. Keep in
mind that skunks the No. 2 carrier in the animal
kingdom of rabies, so assume they have it and be
Leptospirosis – this is a bacterium that all
mammals are susceptible to getting. This comes
from coming into contact with their urine,
waste, or soil that has the fluids of a skunk on
it. That means if you are in an area where
skunks are known to live and move around, you
really want to wear shoes and not touch anything
without gloves on.
The effects of this are quite serious. It
affects your kidneys and liver, meaning that you
can be in real serious trouble if not treated
right away. This first manifests itself as
flu-like symptoms, but soon you can see things
like jaundice. Kidney or liver failure will
occur if not treated, and that will lead to
Distemper – this is another common disease found
in skunks. This is easily spread to other
animals, most especially to dogs. This does not
affect humans, which is good news, but it can
cause a lot of problems for your pets. This is
contracted by coming in contact with the urine
or waste of the skunk. You should have your dog
vaccinated to make sure that it does not get
Herpes B – you may not think of herpes coming
from a skunk, but this strain can most
definitely be spread by this animal. This is
commonly found in monkeys, but skunks carry it
too and it can be contracted through scratches
Skunks also carry Brucellosis, Cat Scratch
disease, anthrax, and influenza. There are many
ways you can get sick from a skunk, so it makes
sense to simply stay away from them.
How to get skunks out of window well
What do wildlife rehabilitators do with skunks?
Why do skunks spray?
Where do skunks live?
How to get skunks out from under a shed or porch
What equipment is needed to trap a skunk?
How to identify skunk tracks
Do skunks swim?
Do skunks warn before spraying?
How to protect yourself from a spraying skunk
What are some of the symptoms of a sick skunk?
How do you know if you have a skunk under your shed or porch?
Do skunks shed their fur?
Do skunks run out of spray?
Will a skunk under a shed or porch have a nest of babies?
Are skunks dangerous to cats, dogs, or other pets?
Will a pest control company remove a skunk?
Do skunks come out during the day?
What should I do if I find an orphaned baby skunk wandering about?
What is a skunk’s mating habits?
What if a skunk got inside my house?
Should I hire a pro, or remove skunks myself?
Will a high pitch sound deterrent machine work against skunks?
Do skunks make good pets?
How to keep skunks out of my garden
How to keep skunks out of my garbage cans
How to find and remove a dead skunk
Do skunks fight each other?
How to use one-way exclusion funnels to remove skunks