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VDH celebrates Rabies Awareness Week

28 September 2020 Luray/Page County Shenandoah County Front Royal/Warren County Winchester Frederick County Clarke County News

Rabies Awareness Week kicks off today and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is reminding individuals how they can protect themselves and their pets from rabies exposure.

All pets and select livestock should be vaccinated against rabies. In the event a pet is attacked or bitten by a wild animal, the local health department or animal control should be contacted immediately. Individuals can limit the possibility of exposure to rabies by keeping animals and pets on their property.

Another way individuals can protect themselves and their pets is by keeping garbage or pet food inside. Leaving garbage or food outside may attract wild or stray animals.

In addition, all wild animals should be observed from a distance. Even if they seem friendly, never keep wild animals as pets. A rabid animal sometimes acts tame.

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