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Posted on: May 21, 2021

Tarrant County Public Health Notice: Rabies Alert!

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Two foxes, one during the last week of April and the other the second week of May, were collected by Benbrook animal control and submitted to the Department of State Health Services for rabies testing.  Both animals were positive for rabies.  There was one human exposure and that person is receiving preventative treatment.

 

Other foxes and wild animals may be affected.   Public health recommends people in Benbrook:

- avoid contact with wild animals and with dogs or cats you do not know. Do not approach strange dogs or cats.

- ensure your pets are vaccinated to protect them and you.

- restrain your pets, do not allow them to roam.

- do not touch sick or injured animals.

 

Report wild animals that seem friendly, tame, acting unusual or sick to Benbrook animal control: 817/249-1610 (the police non-emergency line). If bitten by an animal, report the bite to Benbrook animal control and seek care from a physician. A rabies exposure is defined as (1) an animal bite which breaks the skin or (2) exposure of broken skin or mucous membranes to saliva or cerebrospinal fluid.

 

The state of Texas requires that dogs and cats be vaccinated against rabies by 4 months of age.  The vaccination must be administered by a licensed veterinarian.  Although not required by law, it is recommended that livestock (especially those that have frequent contact with humans), domestic ferrets, and wolf-dog hybrids be vaccinated against rabies.  Again, check with your veterinarian about other available vaccines for these animals. 


For more information: https://www.dshs.texas.gov/idcu/disease/rabies/vaccine/pets/ 

For more information: https://www.dshs.texas.gov/idcu/disease/rabies.aspx

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