Rabid Skunk Bites Lea County Man

TATUM, N.M. (AP) - The state says a skunk that bit a Tatum man was rabid and that a rabid bat in the Las Cruces area led to two cats being euthanized after they came into contact with it.

The head of Lea County's environmental services, Randy Smith, says the Tatum man was bitten late last month while working on his car in front of his home.

The state Department of Health confirmed the skunk was rabid on Wednesday.  Smith says the Tatum man was receiving rabies treatment and is dong well.

Meanwhile, state public health veterinarian Dr. Paul Ettestad says the Las Cruces-area cats were euthanized after coming into contact with the bat because their rabies vaccinations were not up to date.