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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Sierra Vista's Nancy J. Brua Animal Care Center is cautioning pet owners about possible rabid wild animals in and around Santa Cruz County. 

24 skunks and four bats have been confirmed to be infected with the virus. The quarantine remains in effect throughout this year. 

"We urge pet owners to exercise caution when visiting Santa Cruz County and the vicinity," said Arleen Garcia, animal control supervisor. "Be sure to keep your pets confined and always on a leash in public." 

Rabies is spread through the bite of an infected animal and can be lethal to wild and domestic animals, as well as human. 

Should you be bitten by a rabid animal, wash bite wounds with soap and water and seek medical attention right away. 

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