AZ Game and Fish warning about rabies in Pima County - Tucson News Now

AZ Game and Fish warning about rabies in Pima County

PIMA COUNTY, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is warning outdoor enthusiasts to be cautious in Pima County, as three cases of rabies were recently reported. 

According to a news release from the Arizona Department of Health Services, two rabid foxes were discovered in Saguaro National Park East and a third at the Ventana Canyon Golf and Racquet Club. 

"Avoid contact with and don’t approach wildlife that is behaving abnormally or appears to be ill. If you believe that you see a rabid animal, call us at 1-623-236-7201 or the Pima County Health Department at 520-724-7797 immediately," said Regional Supervisor Raul Vega of Game and Fish in Tucson, in the release. "In addition, avoid touching any dead wildlife that you may find."

AZGFD officials are encouraging owners to have their pets and livestock, like horses, regularly vaccinated against rabies. Dogs should also be on leashes when outdoors and a veterinarian should be seen if any domestic animal is injured by wildlife. Unvaccinated animals exposed to wildlife with rabies must undergo a four-month quarantine. 

So far there have been 68 cases of rabies reported in Pima County this year, in skunks, bats, and foxes. 

Health officials report approximately 15 people are exposed to rabid animals in Arizona annually. Those who are exposed must receive vaccine and anti-rabies serum treatment to prevent infection.  

Prevention information is available at: http://www.azdhs.gov/preparedness/epidemiology-disease-control/rabies/#prevention 

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