HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- Orange County animal officials reported its sixth case of rabies after a rabid skunk made contact with a dog in Hillsborough on wednesday.
Officials said it happened Monday, March 16 in the area of Lake Orange Road and NC-86 in Hillsborough. The spotting is less than two miles from a previous case back in late February.
A resident found her dog barking at a disoriented skunk in her yard.
After separating the dog and skunk, the woman called Animal Control for testing.
The dog had current vaccinations so it received a booster shot.
Since the woman touched the dog, she is being evaluated for the risk of rabies exposure.
Officials said rabid skunks in this area are likely due to "spillover effect" meaning an animal other than the dominant species (raccoon) contracts the virus, it is known as spillover.
Other species that are susceptible are dogs, cats, groundhogs and foxes.
Other facts from Orange County Animal Services:
For more information, please call Orange County Animal Services at 919-942-7387.