A confirmed case of rabies in a skunk was reported last Monday to the Texas County Health Department.
Eight skunks have tested positive for rabies in 2010 in Region G, which includes Texas County, according to the health department.
In Missouri, rabies occur naturally in bats and skunks although other animals are infected also, including domestic species such as dogs, cats, horses and cattle.
The best protection for pets and their owners is to ensure pets are up-to-date on their rabies vaccinations, the health department said.
For more information on rabies, contact the Texas County Health Department at 417-967-4131.