Health District sends warning about rabies

WICHITA FALLS, Tx (RNN Texoma) - The Wichita Falls-Wichita County Public Health District have been receiving an influx of calls from residents who have been bitten by an animal and are concerned with contracting rabies. Wichita Falls Animal Services is informing residents about what to do if they are bitten by a wild or stray animal.

Animal Services Administrator Katrena Mitchell said, "Rabies is always a concern this time of year – especially we know rabies is in our community. We have several positive cases every single year."

Although no cases have been reported this year, they advise people to stay away from any wild animals. With many species giving birth, babies may be left alone while their mothers find food. Mitchell said it's best to leave them alone, "…moms are always going to come back to them."

The top five animals most likely to have rabies are: skunks, coyotes, bats, foxes, and raccoons. However, any mammal can contact the disease.

If bitten, it's best to call a doctor. Also, call Animal Services so they can test the animal for rabies.

Mitchell said, "If it's caught early on, there's the post exposure rabies vaccinations that can help keep the infection from growing and the person from actually dying."

To report a wild animal or stray call Animal Services at: 940-761-7824

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