What You Should Know About Rabies
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Rabies is a deadly disease that all mammals, including people, can get. The rabies virus is present in the saliva of animals. When the skin is broken or punctured by a bite, the saliva can enter the blood stream of humans and other animals. If you are bitten by an animal carrying rabies, the disease may be passed on to you. A series of shots, given in the arm, are essential to prevent the disease in those exposed to rabies.
- Cats, dogs, and ferrets should be vaccinated against rabies.
- Wild animals, especially skunks, raccoons, and bats, should not be handled or disturbed.
- Pets should be kept on a leash or in a fenced yard.
- Don't touch strange dogs or cats.
- Report all bites to the Police or Animal Control.
- Immediately wash with soap and water under a faucet for at least five minutes
- Call your family doctor
- Notify Police or Animal Control promptly and give the following information:
- Name and address of animal owner, if known
- Description of animal
- Area where the incident occurred
- Address where animal may be found, if known
- Consult your veterinarian for additional animal health care information.