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A skunk found in Rochester Hills has tested positive for rabies, the Oakland County Health Division said.

The case has the health organization reminding people to stay away from wild animals such as skunks, bats, raccoons, foxes, and stray cats and dogs.

"Our natural instinct is to befriend and pet an animal that seems friendly or help one that is injured,” Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer for Oakland County said in a release. “But as a rule, avoid stray and wild animals to protect yourself against rabies.”

If a wild animal is found behaving strangely, call the Oakland County Animal Shelter and Pet Adoption Center at (248) 391-4102 for assistance.

“Rabies is present in our communities and is most often found in bats, raccoons, skunks, and foxes,” Stafford said. “People and their pets need to be careful and avoid encounters with unfamiliar animals.”

The rabies virus is found in the saliva of infected animals and is spread through bites or scratches. 

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