Sedgwick County Health Department reports positive case of rabies in Goddard

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GODDARD, Kansas — There’s rabies concerns in Sedgwick County after parents in the Goddard School District received an email Tuesday afternoon.

It said a skunk found several blocks from the Eisenhower High School campus tested positive for rabies.

At the end of April, a contractor working near the Goddard Eisenhower High School campus came in contact with an overly aggressive skunk.

It attacked his shoes raising concerns that it may have been infected with rabies.

The news put nearby residents like Tammy Rush on edge.

“It’s very concerning,” said Tammy Rush, Goddard parent and resident. “We have fills all around us so we have a lot of stray and wild animals that come here and there. ”

Rush says it’s a big concern because she has two kids and a dog.

Animal control says the skunk was discovered in the area of 167 Street West and Maple.

Even though it was discovered off of school property, USD 265 tells KSN News they’re still taking necessary precautions because it happened so close to their schools.

“The safety and security of our students is always you know our highest priority,” said Annette Singletary, Director of Community Relations for Goddard School District.

The Goddard School District sent out an email to parents Tuesday afternoon alerting them of what had happened.

“We notified our parents and encourage them to make sure their pets are vaccinated and also to talk to their children about being around stray animals,” said Singletary.

The Sedgwick County Health Department is also advising residents to be on alert of the possibility that other animals in the area may have been in contact with the diseased skunk.

“There are cats all over running wild,” said Rush. “You know you kind of worry about that. What they’re going to bring into your yard.”

The health department says, the key to prevention is to keep your pets under watchful eye when they are playing outside.

Remember to keep your pets up-to-date on their rabies vaccinations and to remind your kids to avoid contact with unfamiliar animals.

“I mean how can you control that?” asked Rush. “I mean people dump animals all the time and I don’t know if there’s any way people need to take responsibilities for what they have.”

Animal Control says the skunk was put to sleep after it tested positive for the virus at Kansas State University.

The contractor was also tested, but he was not infected.

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