Rabies Risk in Greenville
In the month of April an alarming number of foxes and raccoons have been put down due to strange behavior, 14 to be exact. Now the Greenville Police Department’s Animal Protective Services Unit is warning residents about the potential risk of rabies in the Greenville area.
Any animals appearing to be having seizures, walking around in circles or have little fear of humans, or any nocturnal animals who are seen out in the daytime, are animals to stay away from. There have not been any reports of humans injured form wild animals in Greenville.
If your pet is bitten by a wild animal, see a veterinarian immediately. If you handle a pet who has been in a fight with a potentially rabid animal, take precautions such as wearing gloves to keep any still-fresh saliva from getting into an open wound.
According to the Humane Society of the United States, over the past 10 years, rabies has killed only a total of 28 people in the U.S. This amounts to fewer than three fatalities in a year.
Written by Clarke Jones
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