Child Recovers From Rabid Skunk Bite

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A 10-year-old received treatment at Medical City Dallas after he was bitten by a rabid skunk at a reptile and exotic animal convention in Farmer’s Branch on Saturday.

Lori Herron has always worried about keeping her kids safe from animals on the 20 acres she lives on with her two kids in Kaufman County.

“We’ve had to worry about snake bites and any bites and just different things that are out there in the woods,” Herron said.

But it was in the city, at a Repticon event that a wild animal bit Cody Herron and it was a rabid skunk.

Repicton is a traveling reptile and exotic animal convention.

The show was renting a space in Farmer’s Branch. The Farmer’s Branch Environmental Health Department says the skunk was not a part of the show and wandered in through an open door as Repticon employees were bringing in other animals.

Cody Herron was bitten on the back of his left ankle.

He was rushed to Medical City Children’s Hospital where he immediately received three shots. Two prophylaxis shots to stop the rabies infection and then a rabies vaccine shot.

The animal was picked up by Animal Control and tested.

“They informed me yesterday that the animal had tested positive for rabies,” Herron said. “I was really floored and my first concern was his health.”

Left untreated rabies in humans causes encephalitis, an infection in the brain and can be fatal.

But with proper treatment, which is series of six shots, doctors Cody will recover in no time.

The self professed animal lover said he won’t let a bite keep him away from the creatures he loves.

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