Rabies is a fatal disease caused by a virus that affects the brain and spinal cord of warm-blooded mammals, including humans.
How do I get it?
- A bite or a scratch from an infected animal. It’s spread through their saliva.
What will I see if an animal has Rabies?
- They may act weird or abnormal (wild animals may seem friendly or pets may become aggressive).
- Their mouths might drool or foam excessively.
- They might have signs of paralysis like difficulty walking, eating, or drinking.
How can I protect my family and pets?
- Vaccinate your pets regularly. Dogs and cats must be vaccinated after 3 months of age. It’s the law!
- Warn your children to stay away from stray or wild animals. Have a look at these animals from a distance.
- Don’t keep wild animals as pets. They belong in the wild.
- Do not let wild or stray animals make your home their home. Don’t feed them and cover up potential entrances like uncapped chimneys or openings in attics or roofs.
- Don’t trap and move wild animals to other locations. You may spread the rabies virus without even knowing it. Call a professional trapper to remove unwanted animals.
- Bury or dispose of dead or sick animals carefully, making sure pets can’t access them.
What do I do if I’ve been bitten or scratched?
- Wash the area with soap and water and seek medical attention immediately. Write down the animal owner’s contact information and report the bite or scratch to CK Public Health at 519.355.1071