FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Lt. Brian Wyers,
Copperas Cove Police Department
Rabies Exposure Warning
Copperas Cove - On March 7, 2017, Copperas Cove Animal Control was dispatched to the 900 block of Park Avenue for a skunk displaying unusual behavior.
Upon arrival, Animal Control Officers located and captured the skunk which was then sent to the Texas Department of Health Laboratory in Austin, Texas for testing.
On March 8, 2017, Copperas Cove Animal Control was notified by the Texas Department of Health that the skunk was infected with rabies.
Any citizen who believes they, their pet, or has knowledge of a person or animal having any contact with a skunk, or other wild animal in this area should immediately contact Copperas Cove Animal Control at (254) 547-5584 (9AM-5PM Monday – Friday). After hours calls should be made to the Copperas Cove Police Department at (254) 547-8222.
Also contact your physician and/or veterinarian in the case of a possible animal exposure.
Rabies infection is most common in Bats, Coyotes, Raccoons, Skunks, and Foxes.
Signs of rabies infection in a human may include, but are not limited to fever, headaches, fatigue, respiration difficulties, possible paralysis or hyperactivity, or coma. Signs of rabies infection in pets may include fever, chewing at the site of infection or bite, erratic behavior, walking aimlessly, general restlessness, skin irritability, sensitivity to light, aggression in animals not normally aggressive, and generally unnatural behavior for that animal.
Citizens are warned not to approach, touch or have any contact with wild animals and to keep their pets from having contact with wild animals.
Steps should be taken to safeguard their outside areas by covering garbage cans, not leaving pet food outside, etc. Anyone observing a wild animal acting strangely should contact Animal Control immediately.