States in fear at swarms of rabid skunks
DROUGHT-HIT states in America are being overrun by RABID SKUNKS who are showing up in city centres looking for water.
Reports of huge numbers of skunks – many carrying the deadly disease – turning up in cities and towns in Texas, Kansas, New Mexico, Arizona and a string of other southern states have all increased in recent months.
Epidemiologist Lon Kightlinger – an expert in life-threatening diseases – said: “Everyone is afraid of skunks because you don’t want to get sprayed with their foulsmelling odour.
“You add rabies to the mix and it makes them even more undesirable.”
Rabies, a Latin word meaning ‘madness’, is a viral disease that causes inflammation of the brain and horrible death. It is usually caught from a bite by an infected animal.
Ernest Oertli, of the Texas Department of State Health Services, said last week: “More skunks seem to have migrated to suburban areas where there is water.”