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Pontiac — Rabies has been confirmed in two more skunks in Oakland County, health department said Wednesday.

The two new rabies cases were found in skunks removed from the cities of Southfield and Farmington Hills. The news comes a couple of weeks after skunks with rabies were found in Southfield and Troy.

Officials said rabies has been verified in four bats and eight skunks in Oakland County so far this year.

“We continue to work with partnering agencies to investigate the recent increase of animal rabies cases in Oakland County,” Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer for Oakland County, said in a statement. “We are particularly interested in three dead skunks removed in Southfield within a mile radius of each other.”

Meanwhile, residents are urged to avoid wild animals such as skunks, bats, raccoons, foxes, and stray cats and dogs to protect against rabies. If a wild animal is found behaving strangely, call local animal control for assistance, officials said.

Anyone who is bitten by a wild or a strange animal should wash the affected area thoroughly with soap and water and seek medical attention immediately.

To report an animal bite, call local police and notify the Oakland County Health Division at (248) 858-1286.

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