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Posted on: March 21, 2018

Public Health Officials identify precautions to protect against rabies

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Coconino County Public Health Services District (CCPHSD) officials are reminding individuals to take precautions to protect against rabies.

Spring brings warmer weather and a rise in outdoor recreational activity, increasing the potential of exposure to wildlife.
CCPSHD urges people to follow the following precautions to protect from rabies:
• Avoid wildlife, especially those exhibiting unusual behaviors, such as showing no fear of humans, aggressive behavior, staggering and/or acting sickly, and nocturnal mammals active during daytime.
• Keep all pets current on vaccinations and obey leash laws.
• Always keep pets away from wild animals.
• Never pick up, touch or feed wild or unfamiliar animals, even if they do not appear sick or aggressive.
• Report any wild animal exhibiting erratic or aggressive behavior.
CCPHSD advises individuals to seek immediate medical attention if they are bitten or have contact with a wild animal. Pet owners should seek medical care from their veterinarian and call the appropriate authorities if their pet is bitten by wildlife:
• Wildlife emergency: 911
• Coconino County Public Health Services District Animal Management: 928-679-8756
• City of Flagstaff Animal Control/Flagstaff Police Department: 928-774-1414
• To report unusual wildlife sightings or behavior call the Coconino County Public Health Services District Animal Management Program at 928-679-8756
For more information on rabies visit www.azhealth.gov/rabies.

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