March 30, 2012
The Monterey County Health Department is asking residents to be cautious and avoid nocturnal animals whose bite causes aggression, disorientation and eventual death.
Unfortunately, those who've geared up for the zombie apocalypse are going to have to keep prepping—the saliva-transferred virus being addressed here is rabies.
A dog and a skunk from North County both tested positive for the disease and county health officials are urging residents to vaccinate their domestic animals if they haven't already.
Prime rabies carriers include bats, foxes, raccoons, skunks and opossums. These animals are rarely seen during the day, but if you do come upon a wild animal that seems to be stumbling and/or approaches you: steer clear.
Also, avoid leaving pet or other food outside the house as it can attract wild animals who may be infected. All it takes to spread the virus is saliva from an infected animal entering a cut, making bites the most common mode of transmission.