Avoid Wildlife to Prevent RabiesJanay Rickwalder
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Rabies is making headlines this summer. Cases have been
spiking in certain areas of the country, and a recent news
donated organs being possibly infected with rabies has some
people concerned about its spread.
According to the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC), rabies is most commonly
transmitted through a bite and the infected animal’s saliva. All
mammals are susceptible to rabies, but certain animals such as
foxes, raccoons and
bats can harbor the disease for weeks without showing signs of
illness. However, it is most common for humans to be infected
through contact with rabid dogs.
The CDC recommends preventative measures such as getting
household pets vaccinated regularly for rabies and having wildlife
control remove stray animals from your neighborhood.