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Take precautions to keep rabies out of your community

UNDATED, AR (KAIT) – Several cases of rabies have popped up in Arkansas, and while none have shown up in Region 8, you do need to take some precautions to prevent spreading it by taking the following steps:

1.     Get pets vaccinated by a licensed veterinarian.

Northeast Arkansans for Animals (NAFA) and Jonesboro Animal Control will host two rabies vaccinations clinics at a cost of $5 per pet – this includes vaccination, tag and certificate.

Clinics are Saturday, July 7 from 7:30-11:30 at Jonesboro Animal Control (rabies only clinic) and Saturday July 14 from 7:30 to 11:30 at NAFA's Animal Services building (rabies clinic with other vaccinations and heartworm testing available).

If you are concerned about getting your pet out of the car, a vet can come to your vehicle for the vaccination. NAFA can arrange for vaccinations, paid for by a special fund, if you cannot pay (This must be arranged by e-mail.).

2. Avoid leaving out pet food or scraps that can attract wildlife.

If you are feeding outdoor pets, only leave the food out long enough for them to eat. Never leave food out 24/7.

3. Be aware of strange animals or animals acting strangely.

If you see an animal acting lethargic, particularly aggressive or excessively foaming/salivating, do not approach the animal. Instead, call local authorities. Make sure you explain this to your children.

If an animal bites or scratches you and the skin is broken, seek medical attention immediately.

The animal will be quarantined for 10 days as a precaution. While vaccinations for rabies exist, no cure exists for animals or humans that contract it. Human fatalities form rabies only happen if they do not seek medical attention.

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