Rabies is a dangerous virus that anyone can get if they handle or get bitten by an animal that has the disease. Protect yourself and your family from rabies: stay away from wild animals and be sure pets are vaccinated every year.
Rabies is caused by a virus and can infect both people and animals. People usually get rabies when they are bitten by an animal that is sick with the disease.
•Early symptoms of rabies in people can include fever, headache, and weakness.
•As the disease gets worse, symptoms may include difficulty sleeping, anxiety, confusion, tingling sensation usually at the site of the bite, excitation, hallucinations, agitation, salivating more than usual, difficulty swallowing, and fear of water.
•Death usually occurs within days of the onset of symptoms.
•More than 90% of all animal rabies cases reported to CDC each year occur in wild animals.
•The main animals that get rabies include raccoons, skunks, foxes and bats. Macon County Health Department has had one bat test positive for Rabies this summer.
•One of the best ways to protect yourself and your family is to avoid contact with wild animals. Do not feed or handle them, even if they seem friendly. If you see a wild animal acting strangely, report it to animal control.
•If you or someone in your family is exposed to a rabid animal, rabies can be prevented through a series of shots called rabies post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP).
•If you are bitten by any animal (domestic or wild), immediately wash the wound well with soap and water and see a healthcare provider.
•Contact animal control if you are bitten by an animal, to assist in capturing the animal for observation or rabies testing.
For more information on rabies, contact your local health department.