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Officials: New Rabies Case Confirmed In Oakland County

WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. (PATCH) — A new case of rabies has been confirmed in Oakland County, this time in a skunk from West Bloomfield.

Oakland County Health Division confirmed the animal rabies case in a skunk removed from West Bloomfield, north of West 14 Mile Road, south of West Maple Road between Orchard Lake and Middlebelt Roads.

In 2019, rabies has been verified in one cat, four bats and twelve skunks in Oakland County.

"The best protection is to avoid contact with stray, wild, and dead animals. Rabies is a fatal disease for both humans and pets and there is no known cure," said Dr. Faust, Medical Director for Oakland County. "Help keep pets protected by getting them vaccinated and avoiding encounters with unfamiliar animals."

State officials said that due to unusually warm temperatures in December there could be increased activity of wild animals.

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