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  • Health department reminder: Avoid rabies by staying away from wildlife

    Mar 17, 2022 | Read More News
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    Flying batPima County has investigated four cases of potential rabies exposures in wildlife in March and advises the public to stay away when seeing animals acting oddly or lying on the ground.

    Two of those cases were in bats. Another case was a high-risk cat, and the other involved a javelina. All were negative for rabies.

    Rabies is a disease caused by the rabies virus. People can get rabies from contact with the saliva or from a bite or scratch from an infected animal. It may take a few weeks or years for people to show symptoms. However, once symptoms of rabies start, that person or animal usually does not survive.

    If you see a bat, skunk, fox or any other wildlife behaving oddly, on the ground, or injured, do not touch it. Stay away and immediately notify Pima Animal Care Center at 520-724-5900 and press 4.

    If you are bitten, scratched, or unsure, talk to a healthcare provider about potential treatment. Rabies is preventable through prompt and appropriate medical care.

    It is not normal for a wild animal to be friendly with people, so stay away from any animal that seems unafraid.

    Also, remember to protect your pets. If your cat or dog is not current on their rabies vaccinations, be sure to vaccinate them as soon as possible. Here is a list of low-cost vaccination options in Pima County.