DESOTO PARISH, LA (KSLA) - A skunk picked up in South Mansfield has tested positive for rabies.
The DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office confirms that the skunk, recovered from Saunders Street, tested positive for the infectious disease.
As a result, DeSoto Parish Animal Control is asking that the shelter be contacted at 318-871-2900 if any skunks are spotted in the area.
Dogs and other animals in the area are currently being tested.
Rabies is a deadly virus that attacks the central nervous system. It is transmitted from animals to humans most commonly by animal bites. Rabies infection is nearly always fatal unless prompt treatment is administered before symptoms begin.
Infected people who do not receive preventative treatment after exposure will experience fever, muscle pains, headache, before progressing to brain inflammation, seizures, confusion, paralysis, coma and death.