While skunks themselves do not directly transmit rabies to humans, they are a major carrier of the disease in the wild. If you are sprayed by or have any physical contact with a skunk, it’s vital to capture the animal for rabies testing if possible.
Skunk droppings contain parasites including roundworms, tapeworms, and rat lungworm which can cause illness in humans. coming into contact with skunk feces should be avoided, and any that is found should be promptly cleaned up while wearing gloves and a face mask.
Skunk spray also contains chemical irritants that can cause respiratory issues or burning eyes. Ventilate affected areas thoroughly and use protective equipment when cleaning.