Rabies is real. It’s here. It’s fatal. The rabies virus infects the central nervous system, ultimately causing disease in the brain and death. The most common animals to transmit the disease are bats, coyotes, foxes, raccoons, skunks, foxes and other wild carnivores. Small mammals, like mice and squirrels, are not usually know to be carriers; but if the critter is acting sick or suspicious take it seriously.
Rabies can only be contracted by coming into contact with saliva and brain/nervous system tissue. You cannot get rabies from simply petting an infected animal. The tissue or saliva must actually be transmitted through the bite/puncture/scratch of the rabid animal.
According the CDC (Center for Disease Control), it has rarely documented via other routes such as contamination of mucous membranes (i.e., eyes, nose, mouth), aerosol transmission, and corneal and organ transplantation.
In the past 60 days five bats have tested positive for rabies in Washoe County, Nevada. The current confirmation of rabid bats in Washoe County should have residents scared. People, children and pets should take caution around common carriers of rabies.
Follow my tech tips to protect you and your pets.
- Be sure ALL pets are current on his or her rabies vaccination. If not, make the appointment today. The CDC suggests immediately euthanizing any pet exposed to a rabid animal. GET YOUR PET VACCINATED!
- If you suspect you or your pet has come in contact with a rabid animal, seek medical attention. Pets not euthanized are placed on a strict 6 month quarantine.
- Do NOT handle ANY dead or injured animals that could be carriers. Contact your local animal control services or department of public health for disposal.
Remember…Rabies is ALWAYS fatal. The only way to avoid rabies is prevention. PLEASE take the appropriate steps to protect your pets and family.