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Rabies

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Commonly infected wildlife

Bats

Any Mammal

 

Is this animal infected?

  • Rabies can occur in any mammal, e.g., bats and skunks
  • Infected animals may be found dead, are weak, or show unusual behavior
    • Behavior changes are not always obvious

Rabies

Can I get it?

Yes

  • From the bite or scratch of an infected animal
  • From saliva of infected animals that touches your eyes, nose, mouth, or skin wounds

How bad can it get?


Rabies is serious. Seek treatment as soon as possible if bitten by a wild animal

Protect myself and others

Do Not Eat

 

Symptoms in humans

    • RABIES IS FATAL once symptoms appear
    • Rabies can be prevented if treatment is given before symptoms appear
    • Symptoms can take a long time to develop and may include:
      • Pain, tingling or itching near exposure site

IF BITTEN OR SCRATCHED BY A WILD ANIMAL:
• Clean and flush wound with soap and warm water
• Seek medical attention immediately
• Report bites according to state and local guidelines

Safe for pets?

Not safe for pets

No - Talk to your veterinarian about vaccines

 

What causes it?

  • A virus of the family Rhabdoviridae
  • Rabies testing requires brain tissue – avoid head shots to kill suspect animals