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World Rabies Day is September 28; Animal Rabies Clinic Scheduled

Guilford County Department of Public Health is advising residents that September 28, 2011 is World Rabies Day. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year the rabies virus causes approximately 55,000 human deaths worldwide with most of the deaths occurring in children and youth under age 15.

 “Rabies prevention starts with the animal owner,” advises Scott Greene, Guilford County Animal Control Manager.   “Our state requires people to vaccinate their dogs, cats, ferrets, and recommends other animal that has regular contact with humans, such as horses.”
Guilford County Animal Control will host a low cost rabies clinic on Saturday, October 1, 2011, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the “Pet Day” event at the Pleasant Garden Town Hall located at 4920 Alliance Church Road in Pleasant Garden.The rabies vaccination will cost five dollars ($5.00) per shot at this clinic and will protect your pet for one calendar year.  For your pet’s safety and the safety of others at these clinics, dogs must be
leashed and cats must be in carriers.

“There are other steps people can take to prevent rabies,” states Greene.  “One of the best ways is to avoid contact with wild or unfamiliar animals.”   Other tips include:
• Enjoy wild animals from a distance, but do not touch, feed or try to rescue them, even if they seem friendly.
• Do not touch or pick up dead animals.  The virus could still be present if the animal has only been dead for a short period of time.
• Keep garbage containers covered securely.  This is an easy source of food for wild animals.
• Avoid feeding your pets outside if possible.  If you must do this, stay with your pet while it eats, so no one or nothing will disturb it.  Then take the food up and store the food in a secure container.
• Wild animals will go into your basement, out buildings or garage to seek food so be sure the storage location you select is secure.
• Do not try to keep wild animals as pets. Wild animals will bite or scratch.
• Report any wild animals acting strangely to Guilford County Animal Control at
Pet owners can also reduce the possibility of pets being exposed to rabies by leashing them while in public and not allowing them to roam freely.  Spaying or neutering your pets may also reduce the tendency to roam or fight and thus reduce the chance of exposure to rabies.

The rabies virus is transmitted through the bite of an infected animal.  When an animal has rabies (or is rabid) the virus circulates throughout its body and is transmitted to either other animals or humans through its saliva. In other parts of the world, stray dogs are the main source of rabies transmission since large numbers of stray dogs roam freely. In the United States, most animal rabies cases are now transmitted through wild animals. The most commonly infected animals are raccoons, bats, skunks, and foxes. This year in Guilford County, the majority of the animal rabies cases have involved foxes. Guilford County has recorded eight cases of animal rabies in 2011.
Rabies can be 100% preventable by using these tips. 

For more information or to schedule an educational program, please contact the Guilford County Department of Public Health at (336) 641-7777, Guilford County Animal Control at (336) 641-5990 or visit www.guilfordhealth.org

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