A warning on rabies has been issued by state health officials. Rabies hasn’t been a big problem since the 1950’s when the vaccination of pets became standard practice and State Veterinarian Dr. Howard Pue wants to keep it that way. He says vaccination of pets is vital, because the pets come in contact with the wild animals that spread the disease then bring it into the home. Pue says the human cases in the United States these days, including a recent fatality, come from bat bites. Anyone who believes they might have come into contact with a rabid animal, including a bat, should get medical help immediately, before the onset of symptoms. To prevent rabies, have the dog and cat vaccinated, keep pets under control, avoid contact with wild animals, and report any wild animals reporting unusual behavior.
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