Rabies

What is rabies?

Rabies is a disease that affects the brain. It´s usually passed from animal to animal but it can be passed from animals to people. In the United States, raccoons, skunks, foxes and bats are the main animals that get rabies.

How do you know if an animal has rabies?

You can´t tell if an animal has rabies by just looking at it. A clue though is if the animal is acting strangely.

What should I do if I get bitten by an animal?

You should immediately wash the animal bite or scratch with liberal amounts of soap and water. Contact your health care provider immediately.

Rabies is deadly, so all bites and scratches from a suspect animal must be reported to local authorities.

Bat bites are often undetectable on people. If you find a dead bat in your house, you should contact the Health Department at 608-329-9390.

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