Rabid Raccoons In Tennessee


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2014-10-22 17:43:17 – Biological Hazard – USA

EDIS Code: BH-20141022-45729-USA
Date&Time: 2014-10-22 17:43:17 [UTC]
Continent: North-America
Country: USA
State/Prov.: State of Tennessee,
Location: Watauga County,
City:
Not confirmed information!
Tennesse rabies
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Watauga County Animal Control has recently reported that a total of seven raccoons have tested positive for rabies as of late. The data illuminates an important issue that isn’t unique to neighboring Watauga County. Tennessee state law requires pet owners to keep their animals up-to-date on the life saving vaccine. Rabies is a deadly disease that poses significant risks to both humans and animals, risks that can be greatly lessened or even eliminated through routine vaccination. All species of mammals are susceptible to the rabies virus however; animals like raccoons, skunks, foxes, coyotes and bats are common culprits. Transmission of rabies occurs when an animal carrying the virus transmits salvia (through a bite) to a healthy animal. As a result, any suspicious wounds found on pets should be carefully inspected by a veterinarian to ensure that no further treatment is necessary. The only proven effective method to protect your pets from rabies is preventative vaccination. There is no cure for rabies and if an animal contracts the virus, it must be euthanized. It is important to note that if your pet is bitten by a wild animal and is current on its rabies vaccine, it still must receive a booster shot immediately. According to Tennessee law, the vaccinated animal must also be quarantined and observed for 45 days following the bite. If your pet is bitten by a rabid animal and it does not have a current rabies vaccine it must either be euthanized immediately or the owner can opt to pay for a lengthy quarantine. However, during the period of quarantine, if the unvaccinated pet begins to display symptoms of the rabies virus, it will still be euthanized. Erratic and behavior are the most common indicators that an animal has become infected with rabies however, human beings can also contract the rabies virus if bitten by an infected animal.
The name of Hazard: Rabies (racoon)
Species: Animal
Status: Confirmed

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