Third Positive Rabies Case in Wichita Falls for 2015

Third Positive Rabies Case in Wichita Falls for 2015

The City of Wichita Falls Animal Services Center is encouraging all pet owners and citizens to increase their awareness of rabies as a third skunk has tested positive for the disease.  All three skunks were located in the Southwest part of Wichita Falls.

Animal Services urges anyone who observes a wild or domestic animal, active during the day, appearing sick, fearless or aggressive to contact Animal Control immediately at (940)761-7824. Do not attempt to capture or shoot the animal.  Be aware that rabies can only be transmitted by saliva. Exposure may occur if scratched by an infected animal or whenever saliva enters an open cut or mucous membrane (nose, mouth, eyes).

Animal Services reminds citizens to not leave any type of food out overnight. This attracts unwanted wildlife into close quarters with citizens and pets.  For those citizens who feed community or feral cats, it is recommended to feed earlier in the day and  to not leave a large amount of food that might attract wildlife. Take up all bowls and secure trash containers overnight.

In the State of Texas, a rabies vaccination is required for all dogs, cats and ferrets over the age of 4 months and must be given by a licensed veterinarian. Livestock owners are also encouraged to vaccinate horses and other livestock as necessary.

If you have been bitten or scratched by an unfamiliar animal or wildlife, contact your physician or the Wichita Falls-Wichita County Public Health District for immediate assistance. Also contact City of Wichita Falls Animal Services at (940)761-7824 to make a report.