Northeast Texas Public Health District announced Thursday that a skunk tested positive for rabies in the 19000 block of N. Vivian St. in Lindale.
Officials said the four domestic dogs that were exposed have been identified.
They reminded that it is “highly recommended for all residents owning dogs and cats to verify they have been vaccinated against rabies in the last year.”
A Smith County ordinance and city of Tyler ordinance requires annual rabies vaccination for all dogs and cats 4 months of age and older. Preventive immunizations for rabies are the only effective defense against this always fatal disease.
Residents also are advised not to handle skunks, raccoons, bats or other wild animals. It is important for children to tell their parents or an adult of any contact with wild animals or any sick animals.
Anyone who knows of a person being bitten by an animal must report the bite incident to the Smith County Rabies Control authority for proper investigation.
This is the second lab-confirmed case of rabies in the Smith County. A skunk was reported rabid in Smith County earlier this year. Two bats have been reported rabid in Tyler in 2013.
For more information on rabies control contact, City of Tyler Animal Control at 903-535-0045.