LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP, abc24.com) - The Arkansas Department of Health has confirmed that a skunk tested positive for rabies in Yell County, the second in the past 30 days.
Officials said Friday the skunk charged at a resident in Briggsville who was riding an all-terrain vehicle and began following the animal. The first skunk was discovered in December attacking dogs in a pen.
The skunks were shot and tested for rabies, a fatal disease caused by a virus that attacks the brain and spinal cord.
Health officials say in both instances, several dogs that weren't current on their rabies vaccinations were potentially exposed. No humans were exposed.
State public health veterinarian Susan Weinstein says the dogs must undergo a six-month quarantine or isolation for rabies to determine whether they're going to develop the disease.