Wild Animal Rabies Detections Heighten Concern -
YCSO Reminds Residents to Keep Pets Currently Vaccinated
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Even though domestic animal rabies cases are very rare, rabies is still a problem among wild animals. On April 16th, two people were bitten by a rabid fox in Sedona’s Boyton Canyon resulting in hospital treatment. Other cases include a March incident in which a boy was bitten by a rabid mountain lion in the Tonto National Forest and the attack of two persons by a rabid bobcat in a Pinal County campground. There have been 40 cases of animal rabies in Arizona this year-to-date. Known exposures in Arizona for 2008 so far include 18 humans and 46 domestic animals. Fortunately, post exposure treatment of humans is 100 per cent effective when handled in a timely manner. The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, Animal Control Section, would like to remind residents that domestic pets are also subject to attack or contact with rabid animals.
Any dog, cat or livestock that is bitten or otherwise exposed to a suspect rabid animal, must undergo an extended quarantine. For dogs or cats that are not currently vaccinated for rabies with such an exposure, state regulations require either euthanasia or 6 month quarantine at an animal control or veterinary facility, at the expense of the owner. For dogs or cats that are currently vaccinated with such an exposure, an immediate rabies booster vaccination and 45-day home quarantine are required.
The YCSO Animal Control Section urges pet owners to make sure pets are currently vaccinated and licensed. Please report any contact or sightings of rabid animals immediately to your local law enforcement agency or animal control office.
For questions or more information on rabies, please call the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, Animal Control Section, at 928-771-3596, or the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) at 602-364-45623. You may also visit the ADHS website at: http://www.azdhs.gov/phs/oids/vector/rabies/.
Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at
(928) 771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov