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Skunk that attacked person had rabies

A skunk that attacked a person in South Kingstown last week has tested positive for rabies, state environmental officials said.

The animal was euthanized and tested at the State Health Laboratory.

The Department of Environmental Management and the Department of Health said the skunk was in the vicinity of Roy Carpenter’s Beach when it attacked a person Saturday.

People exposed to the skunk were evaluated and are undergoing treatment. Officials said they are concerned that other people or pets may have encountered the skunk and not come forward.

People who may have had contact with the skunk or any wild animal near the private beach are urged to contact the health department.

People whose pets may have had contact are asked to call South Kingstown Animal Control.

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