According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) rabies is a viral disease that is transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. Cases of the rabies virus have been reported to the (CDC) annually by wild animals such as skunks, raccoons, bats, coyotes, foxes, feral dogs, and cats.
The virus affects the nervous system that can cause paralysis and is fatal to animals and humans. The disease is spread through the saliva and the virus can be transmitted through a scratch or bite wound of a rabid animal. Immediate treatment soon after exposure will protect an exposed person from the disease.
People are encouraged to avoid contact with any wild or stray animals that they may encounter. All domestic animals are at risk of exposure. It is strongly recommended that domestic pets be vaccinated against rabies. It is important that you seek medical attention and contact your county animal services department if you or someone you know has been bitten or scratched by an animal.
Here some tips:
- Make sure your pets are current on their rabies immunizations
- Do not leave any food outside as this will attract animals
- Cover all trash cans with tightly fitted lids
- Avoid contact with any wild or stray animals
For more information on the rabies virus visit the Center for Disease Control Website at https://www.cdc.gov/rabies/prevention/index.html