A skunk in Galloway that appeared to be ill and disoriented was collected and tested positive for rabies, officials confirm.

The sick animal was spotted Monday, July 24th, off E. Jimmie Leeds Road in Galloway, according to the Atlantic County Information Officer, and test positive for rabies at a state lab three days later.

The Division of Public Health reportedly canvassed the area where the skunk was seen and they found a cat nearby that's been isolated for a time out of an abundance of caution. That feline is said to be updated on its rabies shot and no booster was required.

If left untreated, the disease can cause death.

Rabies has the potential to be transmitted through "direct contact with saliva through broken skin or mucous membranes in the eyes, nose or mouth," the CDC reports.

Residents are cautioned to keep lids on trash cans to discourage stray animals from looking for food, and, because most human cases of rabies come from a bite from an infected animal, it's a good idea to educate your kids about steering clear from wild, stray, and aggressive animals.

Also, be aware when letting your pets out into the yard unattended.

A good thing to remember is that Atlantic County Animal Shelter can give your cat or dog a free rabies vaccine. You can make an appointment through their website.

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If you spot any wild or stray animals acting strangely, contact the Atlantic County Division of Public Health at (609) 645-5971.

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