City of Lubbock issues rabies warning - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/8/10

City of Lubbock issues rabies warning

Posted by Karin Slyker | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A Lubbock citizen is undergoing treatment for rabies, after a domestic cat tested positive for the disease. The victim found the injured cat near 38th and Boston, and was bit twice while attempting to transport the feline to a veterinarian for treatment.

If a stray or wild animal is found, please contact Animal Services at (806) 775-2058 or (click here) for more information. 

If bitten by any wild animal or stray domestic animal, wash the affected area thoroughly with soap and water and seek medical attention immediately.

Lubbock residents are encouraged not to pick up stray animals and to take precautions against rabies exposure.

Rabies is an infectious disease that affects the nervous system of humans and other mammals. People and unvaccinated animals get rabies from the bite of an infected animal or if saliva from the animal gets directly into a person's eyes, nose, mouth or any break in the skin. Vaccine is given to at risk individuals to prevent the disease. Rabies is nearly always fatal if not treated after exposure.

Follow these tips to prevent rabies:

  • Never handle a wild animal like a bat, raccoon, skunk, or fox.
  • If you wake up in a room with a bat present, regardless if there is evidence of a bite or scratch, seek medical attention.  If at all possible trap the bat for testing.  Do not release the bat.
  • Wash animal bites thoroughly with soap and water and seek medical attention immediately.
  • If bitten by a wild/stray animal, quarantine the animal if possible. Call Animal Services to assist with trapping, testing and/or observation of the animal.  Animal control may also assist with removing stray or wild animals from your yard, home or neighborhood regardless of a bite.
  • Teach children never to handle unfamiliar animals, wild or domestic, even if they appear friendly.
  • Prevent bats and raccoons from entering homes or spaces where people and pets may be present.
  • Keep vaccinations current for dogs, cats and ferrets. Keep cats and ferrets inside and dogs under direct supervision. Consider having your pets spayed or neutered.

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