First positive rabies test of 2019 is reported in Sarpy Co. Animal

By on July 28, 2019

According to a report from the Omaha World Herald, health officials said Friday that a bat in Sarpy County has tested positive for rabies. It’s the first confirmed rabies case of the year and give us our annual reminder about the seriousness of the virus for people and animals. As of September 10, at least a dozen other cases have been found across the state.

As it’s peak season for insects, bats are active. Humans and animals will most likely come in close proximity to bats around dusk. Rabies can be transmitted through a bite or scratch from a rabid animal; saliva or blood can carry it.

The link above has more information and helpful tips on preventative care and directs readers to the Center for Disease Control.

If untreated, rabies is 100 percent fatal.

For information about rabies vaccination policy from the Nebraska Humane Society, our area’s animal control provider, click here.

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