LEONARDTOWN, Md. (WUSA) - A skunk involved in biting a human has tested positive for rabies, according to the St. Mary's County Health Dept.
The incident took place at Cheeseburger in Paradise, 23415 Knotch Rd. in California, Md., on the afternoon of June 14.
The skunk was the sixth animal and the third skunk in the county confirmed to have rabies this year.
Rabies, a potentially fatal virus, is transmitted through the saliva of an infected animal. A human can contract it from a bite, scratch or contact with the animal' saliva to broken skin or mucous membranes such as the eyes or nose. All animal bites or exposures should be reported promptly so rabies prevention measures can begin.
The St. Mary's County Health Department urges residents to practice rabies protection this summer and year round by getting their pets vaccinated, and avoiding any contact with wild animals that display unusual or aggressive behavior.