Las Vegas, Nev. (FOX5) – The Mojave County Department of Public Health is reminding all residents and visitors to be aware of the risk of rabies when in or near the Hualapai Mountains.
According to media reports, there has been a recent increase in rabies in foxes across the Hualapai region, and the department said “precautionary measures are imperative to prevent the spread of this dangerous disease.”
Rabies is a viral infection that affects the central nervous system of mammals, including humans. It is mainly transmitted through the bite or scratch of an infected animal and can be fatal if left untreated. Foxes have been identified as carriers of the rabies virus in Mojave County, and contact with these animals should be avoided whenever possible.
To ensure the safety of you, your family, and your pets, the Mojave Department of Public Health recommends the following precautions:
- Avoid Foxes: Foxes should be avoided, especially those that show unusual behavior or are sick or injured. Do not try to control them or approach them. If you come across a fox that appears aggressive or stray, please report the sighting to local animal control immediately.
- Protect your pets: When letting your pets out, make sure they are supervised and kept on a leash at all times. Do not allow them to roam freely as they may come into contact with potentially infected animals. Make sure your pets are up to date on their distemper vaccinations, as this is an important defense against disease.
- See a doctor: If you or a family member has been bitten or scratched by an animal, wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water for at least 10 minutes. Contact your healthcare provider or local health department immediately to assess the need for post-exposure prophylaxis.
- Report exposure to distemper: If you suspect your pet has been exposed to a distemper, contact your veterinarian immediately. Report any exposure to rabies to your local animal control or health department to prevent the spread of the disease.
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