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WARNING: RABIES CONFIRMED IN OUR AREA! The Department of Public Health has confirmed two separate incidences of rabies in our area of Birmingham/Shelby County near Indian Springs and Oak Mountain. One cat and one raccoon that was attacked by a dog both tested positive for rabies within the past two weeks.
Rabies vaccinations are REQUIRED by state law for all pets! Do not let your pets lapse on their vaccines for their safety as well as yours.
To discourage wildlife from coming onto your property, do not store pet food outdoors and keep bowls inside when not in use. As a safety precaution, keep watch on your pets while outside.
If a human is bitten by an animal or pet believed to have rabies, seek medical attention at a hospital immediately for a rabies test and vaccine. If the rabies test is positive, the case will be reported to the county health department.
Rabies is a deadly viral disease that infects the brain and spinal cord of mammals. The virus is spread from exposure to saliva or nervous tissue from an infected animal, usually through a bite. Scratches or saliva contact with a mucous membrane are also considered as exposure risks. Rabies is preventable if proper treatment is given before symptoms occur, but is fatal once symptoms are present.
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