June 23, 2011

Rabies is cause for concern

Rabies is cause for concern
The N.D. State University’s Extension Service veterinarian urges people to protect themselves and their animals against rabies. It is a fatal viral infection that kills an estimated 35,000 to 50,000 people and millions of animals each year.
The most common way to get rabies is from a bite of an animal with the disease. Infection through fresh wounds or mucous membranes is less likely but possible, said the vet, Charles Stoltenow.
Tips for prevention:
•Avoid contact with bats, skunks or raccoons.
•Make sure dogs, cats, ferrets, horses and high-value or frequently handled livestock have current rabies vaccinations.
•Do not perform oral exams on animals that appear to have difficulty chewing or swallowing, exhibit any type of oral or facial paralysis or show excessive salivation. *Contact local animal control authorities about animals you suspect have rabies.

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