State health officials issue public warning regarding rabies

(CBS42)
(CBS42)

[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?aspect_ratio=16×9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1366249623&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4021807&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1366249623 type=script]BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Alabama public health officials are issuing a warning to people in Shelby County to get pets vaccinated.

Rabies was found in at least three raccoons near the Beeswax Creek Boat launch last week.

The cases were found in an area where it is rare for raccoons to carry the disease.

Public health officials are focusing on the two-mile radius surrounding the boat launch.

According to health experts, it is best to stay away from unknown and outdoor pets.

Avoiding dogs and cats that are acting strangely is a good rule of thumb.

In addition, health experts advise people to stay away from wild animals, no matter how docile they may seem.

It’s important for parents to teach their children to tell an adult if they are bitten or scratched by an animal.

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