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Rabies is fatal, but preventable

Recently, there have been reports of rabid bats in the metro area. The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) works in conjunction with local animal control officers (ACOs) and community service officers (CSOs) in Johnson County to limit the potential for human rabies exposures. The cooperation of many departments and agencies is necessary to provide this critical component of public health. For detailed information regarding rabies exposures and animal bites, visit the Health Division online.

Another health concern which has been in the local news is the adoption of dogs that have been rescued from Egypt, or dogs that originated in Egypt and imported from third-party countries, if the dogs have lived in those countries for less than six months. UPDATE on Aug. 22: Today, all dogs (27) in question are healthy and released from quarantine. Some of them have been in quarantine since March.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also hosts a wealth of information about rabies on their website.

An informative video about rabies exposures and bats.

 

 

 

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