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Prevent the Transmission of Rabies in Pets and Livestock
As you and your family enjoy the warm weather, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) reminds individuals that the increase in people to animal and animal to animal contact during good weather can increase the risk of rabies transmission.  Rabies can be transmitted by infected animals through bites, scratches, and saliva contact with broken skin.  In Wisconsin, bats and skunks are the most likely to carry the rabies virus, but cases have been found in dogs, cats, raccoons, fox, and livestock.  State law requires vaccination for dogs five months and older.  Though not required by state law, rabies vaccines are recommended for use in cats, ferrets, horses, cattle, and sheep.  More information on Wisconsin’s rabies control requirements can be found here.  A few tips to prevent rabies transmission include:
· Vaccinate pets and livestock
· Securely cover garbage cans
· Keep pet food inside and in a sealed container
· Prevent bats from entering your home
 
For more information on rabies and rabies prevention, visit the DATCP website or contact Dr. Yvonne Bellay at 608-224-4888 or Yvonne.bellay@wi.gov