(KMOV) – Five Missouri counties are on alert after cases of rabies were reported.
Several skunks tested positive for the virus. The counties on high alert are in the southern part of the state. News 4 learned a skunk tested positive for rabies in Ste. Genevieve County.
A bat also tested positive in St. Charles County.
Health departments say it’s time to take safeguards.
“Always know where your animals are. Keep them safe and confined on your property. Make sure you know where your children are and what they’re playing with. Make sure all of your pets at home are vaccinated against rabies,” Theresa Williams, Director of Human Services said.
According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, 25 animals have tested positive for rabies so far this year.
Last year, there were 28 cases in the state.