Wichita County Public Health District Alerts Public To Remain Aware For Rabies In The Area

Wichita County Public Health District Alerts Public To Remain Aware For Rabies In The Area

Representatives from the Wichita Falls and County Public Health District want the general public to be aware of rabies in the area.
     There were 10 positive cases of rabies identified in Wichita and Archer Counties.
     Two of the cases included domesticated animals that were owned pets.
     In July a puppy tested positive for rabies in Wichita County and this past week a cat from Archer County tested positive as well.
     The first sign of rabies is usually a change in an animal's behavior. It may become excited or irritable and attack anything in it's path. 
     People are usually exposed to the virus when an infected animal bites them, or if saliva from a rabid animal enters an open cut.
     Animal Services urges all pet owners to be vigilant in maintaining current rabies vaccinations on all of their pets.