Rabies is a serious and potentially fatal disease that is spread by animals. It is important to take steps to protect yourself and your family from rabies.
An Overview of Rabies
Rabies is a virus that affects the nervous system and is usually spread to humans through the saliva of an infected animal, usually a wild one such as a bat, skunk, raccoon, or fox. It is important to know the signs and symptoms of rabies and what to do if an animal bite occurs. The first symptoms can take weeks to months to show up after the initial bite. Rabies is preventable with early action and prompt medical care.
Tips for Preventing Rabies
Vaccinate Your Pets
The best way to protect your family from rabies is to make sure all pets (dogs, cats, ferrets and livestock) are properly vaccinated against rabies. Keep up to date on their vaccinations to ensure they are adequately protected.
Avoid Contact With Wild Animals
Teach your children not to approach or touch wild animals they come across. Never keep a wild animal as a pet, even if it appears to be healthy. If a wild animal such as a bat or raccoon has been seen in the area, call animal control to see if it needs to be relocated.
Keep They Yard Free of Food Sources
Keep your yard free of food sources such as unsecured garbage cans and bird feeders that may attract wild animals. Animal proof your yard by trimming trees, shrubs, and bushes to eliminate potential hiding places for wildlife.
Be Careful When Hiking and Camping
When out in nature, such as hiking, camping, or fishing, be careful and be aware of any wildlife you may encounter. Do not attempt to touch or feed wild animals, especially if they act strangely and approach you. Stay alert and take extra precautions while out and about in nature.
Seek Medical Attention Immediately
If you or someone you know has been bitten or scratched by a potentially rabid animal, seek medical attention immediately. Prompt medical treatment is the best way to prevent rabies, and should be taken seriously.
By following these simple tips, you can help protect yourself and your family from the risks of rabies. Make sure to take action quickly if contact with a wild animal is made and seek medical help.