Rabies Warning: Vaccinate Your Pets, Do Not Handle Wildlife

March 9, 2011

Texas Department of State Health Services

A rabid cat has been identified at Lake Sweetwater. Rabies is a fatal viral disease. Protect yourself, your children, and your pets against rabies. Be wary of wild animals. Rabies is in our wildlife, and it can cross over to domestic animals. This is the breeding season for skunks. Bats and skunks are the most common carriers of rabies. Do not feed, handle, or approach wild animals. Children should be told to stay away from unknown or wild animals--including dogs, cats, and kittens.

--Contact your veterinarian about vaccinating your pets.
--Never handle wild animals.
--Wash any wound from an animal thoroughly and immediately seek attention from your medical provider.
--If you think that you or your pet may have been exposed, please contact the regional zoonosis control department at 325-795-5857. ALL bites should be reported.

For more information on rabies, visit http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/rabies/ or http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/disease/rabies/

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