HEALTH ALERT: Raccoon in Lubbock tests positive for rabies

Lubbock raccoon tests positive for rabies

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - A raccoon found and caught in the eastern area of Lubbock county has tested positive for rabies, according to the City of Lubbock.

The last reported rabies case in Lubbock was in October 2017.

Rabies is a viral illness that can be transmitted to humans through an infected animal’s saliva. The illness can be prevented with treatment before symptoms begin. However, once a person has symptoms, the disease is almost always fatal.

Anyone who comes in contact with a rabid animal should seek medical attention as soon as possible. An animal with rabies could infect other wild or domestic animals that have not been vaccinated against rabies.

All domestic animals should be vaccinated against rabies and all wildlife contact should be avoided, particularly coyotes, bats, foxes, and skunks.

The City of Lubbock reminds people to avoid contact with wild animals and have pets vaccinated against rabies as required by law. Residents are advised to take the following precautions:

  • Keep rabies vaccinations up to date for all pets.
  • Keep your pets under direct supervision so they do not come in contact with wild animals. If your pet is bitten by a wild animal, seek veterinary assistance for the animal immediately.
  • Do not handle, feed, or unintentionally attract wild animals with open garbage cans or litter.
  • Never adopt wild animals or bring them into your home.
  • Teach children never to handle unfamiliar animals, wild or domestic, even if they appear friendly.
  • Report the bite to Lubbock Animal Services at 806-775-2057 or 806-775-3357 so the animal may be placed in rabies observation or submitted for rabies testing.

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