APPLE VALLEY, California. – Nine bats have been confirmed in San Bernardino County, including four in the last two weeks in Rancho Cucamonga, Fontana and Apple Valley. San Bernardino County Public Health urges the public to protect themselves and their pets from interactions with unknown, stray or wild animals.
“Rabies is almost always fatal in humans as soon as the symptoms begin,” said Dr. Erin Gustafson, County Interim Health Officer. “It is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible to detect any bites or possible exposure to rabies.”;
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the most common wild tanks for rabies are raccoons, skunks, bats and foxes. Home rabies can also get rabies. Cats, cattle, and dogs are the most commonly reported rabies pets in the United States. Rabies in pets is rare in animal vaccination programs.
Avoid contact with rabies according to the following tips:
- Do not touch, feed, harass or cover unknown animals, wild or stray animals.
- Vaccinate pets against rabies. Dogs must be vaccinated against rabies at the age of four months. Cats can be vaccinated at the age of twelve to sixteen weeks. The first rabies vaccine is effective for one year. After this initial shot, pets should be revaccinated every three years.
- The animals are neutered or neutered.
- Do not allow pets to move freely.
- Keep the rubbish bin tightly covered and avoid storing any food outside.
- Bat-proof home by sealing small holes and keeping unshielded doors and windows closed.
- Teach children never to approach unknown animals and to immediately inform the adult whether their animal will bite or scratch them.
- If you are exposed or bitten by an animal, seek medical attention immediately.
- Report any bites or scratches from a pet or wild animal to the Animal Control Agency in the area where the bite / scratch occurred.
- Report dead bats immediately to the animal control agency in which the animal is located.
- to NOT try to touch or restrain stray or wild animals.
San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control (ACC) provides services in all unregistered areas of the county, with the exception of unregistered communities in the West End, as well as in Big Bear Lake, Highland and Yucaipa. Residents living outside the ACC service zones can check the list of other animal control agencies that provide services in the district.
Contact San Bernardino County Care and Control Services at 1-800-472-5609 for more information.