A raccoon found in Morristown with porcupine quills in its face tested positive for rabies on Tuesday, January 15.
Dr. Robert Johnson, State Public Health Veterinarian, said this was the first reported case in the Vermont in 2013.
On Thursday, January 17, a skunk that was found in the Garfield area of Hyde Park also tested positive.
Dr. Johnson said although most rabies cases are found from March to October, he said they do receive cases year round so people should be vigilant year round.
For more information about rabies, people are encouraged to check out the Department of Health’s website, www.healthvermont.gov. Find rabies information under the “contents from A to Z” tab, under the Letter “R.”
Anyone with a concern about an animal can also call the rabies hotline at 1-800-4-RABIES.