UNDATED, AR (KAIT) – Several cases ofrabies 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 thefollowing 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 acost of $5 per pet – this includes vaccination, tag and certificate.
Clinics are Saturday, July 7 from7:30-11:30 at Jonesboro Animal Control (rabies only clinic) and Saturday July14 from 7:30 to 11:30 at NAFA's Animal Services building (rabies clinic withother vaccinations and heartworm testing available).
If you are concerned about gettingyour 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 cannotpay (This must be arranged by e-mail.).
2. Avoid leaving out petfood or scraps that can attract wildlife.
If you are feeding outdoor pets, onlyleave the food out long enough for them to eat. Never leave food out 24/7.
3. Be aware of strangeanimals or animals acting strangely.
If you see an animal acting lethargic,particularly aggressive or excessively foaming/salivating, do not approach theanimal. Instead, call local authorities. Make sure you explain this to yourchildren.
If an animal bites or scratches you andthe skin is broken, seek medical attention immediately.
The animal will be quarantined for 10days as a precaution. While vaccinations for rabies exist, no cure exists foranimals or humans that contract it. Human fatalities form rabies only happen ifthey do not seek medical attention.