Doctor Tecla Myrick from the Alachua County Animal Services talks about rabies.
September 28th is World Rabies Day, to make people more aware of the deadly disease.
Rabies is a viral disease that affects all mammals, including humans.
It occurs all over the world and kills about 55,000 people yearly.
Rabies is spread through saliva.
If you or your pet has been bitten by a wild animal, immediately get to a doctor or veterinarian and report it to animal services.
The most common carriers of rabies are: foxes, raccoons, skunks and bats.
Vaccination is the best method of rabies prevention.
Also, do not pet or touch wild or stray animals.
As always, if you have questions or concerns, contact your vet.
For more information you can visit http://www.worldrabiesday.org or call 352-264-6870.
Joining Dr. Myrick today was:
My name is Blade and I am a Male -Brown Tabby Domestic Sh/Mix.
The shelter staff thinks I am about 2 months old.
I have been at the shelter since September 12, 2013.