A skunk that was trapped in a north Hurst neighborhood last week has tested positive for rabies, authorities said Tuesday.The animal was caught on Friday in the 400 block of Mountainview Drive in north Hurst and sent to the Texas Department of State Health Services laboratory in Austin, Hurst police said in a Tuesday news release. Tests results indicated the skunk had rabies.Last year, 21 animals tested positive for rabies in Tarrant County, according to statistics from the Texas Department of State Health Services. From January of this year through Tuesday, 30 animals have had rabies in Tarrant County, according to the most recent state figures. Residents can be infected with the rabies virus by being bitten by an animal that has the disease, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. In addition, people can get rabies if the saliva from rabid animals gets in their eyes, nose, or mouths. Hurst animal control officials urged residents to be cautious with wild animals and keep watch on pets that may have been in contact with wild animals.Authorities said residents should avoid any animal they suspect of being rabid. Common symptoms of rabies include but not limited to: lethargy, fever, vomiting, anorexia, full or partial paralysis,seizures, excessive salivation, aggression, difficulty breathing or swallowing.Anyone believing they have come in contact with a rabid animal in Hurst should call Hurst police at 817-788-7180 or the Texas Department of of State Health Services Zoonosis Control Program at 512-776-7255.
Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763 Twitter: @mingoramirezjr