World Rabies Day

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World Rabies Day is September 28! Rabies is a deadly virus that kills pets, wildlife, and people across the globe. Help us end rabies by keeping your pets up-to-date with their rabies vaccinations which protects not only your pet but also you and your family from the virus.

World Rabies Day is co-sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC).

Avoiding wild animals, particularly ones that appear to be injured or tame, and teaching your children to do the same is also a great way to protect your family from rabies. Encourage children to tell an adult if they have been bitten or scratched by any animal, especially a wild animal, and praise them for telling you. Be sure to report exposures to your local DHEC office.

Keep Your Pets and Livestock Vaccinated!

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World Rabies Day 2019



A great way to safeguard against rabies is to always give wild and stray animals their space, and to educate your children on the dangers of handling unknown animals. Encourage children to tell an adult if they have been bitten or scratched by an animal. Never handle strays or wildlife, and make sure to keep them away from your family pets.

If you see a wild animal that appears sick, contact your local animal control office, police/sheriff's department, wildlife control operator, or wildlife rescue/rehabilitation group for help.

Be sure to report animal exposures to your local DHEC Environmental Health Services office.


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