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Mohave County health officials issue warning about foxes infected with rabies

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) – Health officials in Mojave County have issued a warning following a recent increase in cases of rabies-infected foxes.

The Mojave County Public Health Department said this was occurring primarily throughout the Hualapai area, requiring precautions to prevent the spread of the disease. People usually become infected after being scratched or bitten by an infected animal. If left untreated, it can lead to death.

Earlier this week, the Nevada Department of Agriculture confirmed the first rabies case of the year in Clark County. Officials said it was an infected bat. A woman who was bitten by a bat in Death Valley National Park a few weeks ago was also treated for rabies.

Health officials said there are some guidelines to follow to keep you, your family and pets safe.

  • Stay away from animals that exhibit strange behavior or appear sick or injured. Health officials say anyone who sees an anomaly should contact their local animal control authority.
  • Ensure your pet’s safety. Health officials said pets should always be supervised and on a leash when outside. As they roam freely, they can come into contact with potentially infected animals.
  • Check if your pet has been vaccinated against rabies.
  • Seek medical attention if bitten or scratched by an animal. Health officials said the wound should be thoroughly washed with soap and water for at least 10 minutes. They add that you should contact your health care provider to see if additional rabies testing is required.

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