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World Rabies Day

Date/Time:
Mon. Sep 28, 2020 (All Day)
Location:
Multiple Locations
Details:

Rabies is a preventable viral disease transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. The rabies virus infects the central nervous system of mammals and can  result in death when left untreated. The vast majority of rabies cases reported annually to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) occur in wild animals although any mammal can get rabies.

Preventing Rabies in Animals

There are several things you can do to protect your pet from rabies, including:

  • Make regularly scheduled veterinarian visits for your pets.
  • Keep rabies vaccinations up to date for all cats, ferrets and dogs.
  • Maintain control of your pets. Keep cats and ferrets indoors and keep dogs under direct supervision.
  • Spay or neuter your pets to help reduce the number of unwanted animals that may not be properly cared for or vaccinated regularly.

Preventing Rabies in People

Understanding your rabies risk and knowing what to do after contact with animals saves lives. The following information is extremely important to know:

  • The most commonly affected animals are raccoons, skunks, bats and foxes.
  • Stay away from wildlife, including injured animals.
  • If you find an injured animal, contact local authorities for assistance.
  • Seek prompt medical attention if you are bitten, licked or scratched by a potentially rabid animal.

Remember: Rabies in humans is preventable if immediate medical attention is received after contact with a rabid animal. However, close contact left unaddressed will result in death for the infected individual.

Sponsor:
Global Alliance for Rabies Control
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Revised September 7, 2017               

 

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