In the Midwest, skunks and bats are the main sources and the most common animal species positive for rabies. Domestic pets and livestock can be infected from exposure to these wildlife sources of rabies.
The risk of exposure to rabies is real, but the disease is preventable in both humans and domestic animals. Rabies prevention consists of vaccinating domestic animals, education of humans to avoid exposures, and providing exposed persons with prompt post-exposure rabies prophylaxis. Vaccinate your dogs, cats, ferrets, horses, cattle and sheep through your local veterinarian.
If you have additional questions, please contact your veterinarian, local or state health department, or the K-State Rabies Laboratory at 785-532-4483.
Adrienne Byrne-Lutz, MS
Wichita, KS 67213
p. 316.660.7070 or 800.527.0709
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