Vermont spring means extra wildlife about. What to find out about rabies.

Vermont spring means extra wildlife about. What to find out about rabies.

Extra wildlife — together with animals who carry rabies — are up and about in Vermont as hotter climate settles in for the spring. 

Not less than one animal has examined constructive for the viral illness to this point in 2022: on March 14, checks confirmed rabies in a skunk in Williston, in line with the Vermont Well being Division. 

The lethal virus impacts mammals’ brains, and it’s transmitted via the chew of an contaminated animal. In Vermont, rabies is mostly discovered within the following animals: raccoons, skunks, foxes, bats and woodchucks, in line with the Well being Division. 

Cute — and its mother is probably nearby: A young skunk ventures across a lawn in this undated photograph by John Hall.

Pets, livestock and other people also can change into contaminated if bitten by a rabid animal and if not vaccinated towards the virus, the Well being Division’s web site states. Individuals can not get rabies by simply petting or dealing with the animal or by coming into contact with the animal’s blood, urine or feces. 

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