Bats, Foxes, Raccoons, and other animals can carry rabies!

Rabies is caused by a virus that affects the nervous system and is transmitted by the bite of an infected animal or if saliva from a rabid animal gets directly into an open wound or a person’s eyes, nose, or mouth. Rabies is generally fatal without preventive treatment.

rabid dogBe careful around bats and other wild animals like skunks, foxes, coyotes and raccoons or domestic stray animals like cats and dogs which are less likely to be vaccinated. These animals could potentially have rabies and transmit it to people.

The North Central District Health Department provides consultation to healthcare providers, veterinarians, and the general public to help determine if a potential exposure occurred.  For a consultation, contact NCDHD’s Disease Surveillance Coordinator at 402-336-2406 or toll-free at 877-336-2406.

For more information about rabies, visit Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services rabies page or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) rabies page.