Lubbock officials issued a health alert after a skunk found in the northwest portion of town tested positive for rabies. This is the first reported case of rabies in Lubbock this year and it's time to learn the symptoms, treatments, and ways to prevent your pets and family members from being infected with this viral and often deadly illness.

Rabies is a disease transmitted to humans through the saliva of an infected animal. Seeking medical attention immediately, before you begin to show symptoms, is the best way to prevent the illness from taking your life. Unfortunately, if a person is already experiencing symptoms of the disease, they almost always die. Act fast.

Symptoms of rabies vary between animals. It's not always immediately clear an animal is infected. Most often, rabies is associated with wildlife that exhibits abnormal behavior, foaming at the mouth and aggression.

It's required by law in Lubbock for domestic animals to be vaccinated against rabies. If your fur babies haven't had their shots, or their vaccinations aren't up to date, it's time to make an appointment. It's also a good idea to keep a close eye on your pets to prevent them from having contact with raccoons, skunks, bats, foxes, and coyotes. Teach your children not to handle or feed animals they aren't familiar with, even if they are cute and seem friendly.

Lubbock officials are asking the public to report any wildlife seen during daylight hours to Lubbock Animal Services at 806-775-2057 or 806-775-3357.

For more information on rabies, click here.

With So Many Prairie Dogs in Lubbock, Why Don't More People Have Them as Pets?

Here are some things to know before you bring one home.

Gallery Credit: Chrissy

15 Ways Everyone Can Tell You Are Totally From Lubbock

This is the life we've chosen.

These Three Topics Seem To Interest Lubbock Residents The Most


Gallery Credit: Chrissy

More From KFMX FM