Rabies Reporting and Prevention
What are the signs of rabies?
If you see an animal acting strangely or witness a nocturnal animal (i.e., a bat) out during the day, be sure to keep your distance from the animal and do not come into physical contact with the animal. Once you are safe, immediately contact the City of Rancho Cordova Animal Services Department at (916) 851-8852.
What should I do?
In some cases, potentially rabid animals are not properly handled or reported. This can be dangerous. The two most important things to remember when dealing with a potentially rabid animal is to (1) PREVENT and (2) REPORT:
1. PREVENT Rabies by:
- Avoiding contact with wild animals – do not touch live or dead animals
- Putting screens on all windows and use chimney caps
- Placing draft-guards beneath doors to ensure that all doors to the outside close tightly
- Keeping doors or unscreened windows closed, especially if people are sleeping
- Evacuating any room with a live bat and closing the door
2. REPORT Rabies by:
- Contacting your local Animal Services Office. In the City of Rancho Cordova, call (916) 851-8852.
What if I think I’ve been exposed to rabies?
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) states, “The early symptoms of rabies in people are similar to that of many illnesses, including fever, headache, and general weakness or discomfort. As the disease progresses, more specific symptoms may appear and may include insomnia, anxiety, confusion, slight or partial paralysis, excitation, hallucinations, agitation, hypersalivation (increase in saliva), difficulty swallowing, and hydrophobia (fear of water).”
- Wash the wound with soap and water immediately for ten minutes
- Contact your health care provider to help determine if you need to be treated for rabies exposure. The key to surviving rabies is early treatment—do not delay!
- Reach out to the City’s Animal Services Department at (916) 851-8852, which may be able to capture the animal and test it for rabies.
For more information on rabies prevention and reporting, visit http://www.dhhs.saccounty.net/PUB/Pages/Public-Health-Veterinarian/Public-Health-Veterinarian.aspx