Eureka, Ca., (KIEM)- Over the weekend a Southern Humboldt County resident was bitten by a cat. Public health officials have not yet determined whether or not the feline was rabid. However they want to take this opportunity to educate the public about the very real risk of rabies.
“Rabies is endemic to Humboldt County. It’s always in the wildlife population on some level.” Amanda Ruddy, the Environmental Health Specialist with the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services. That’s why she recommends doing your best to avoid contact with wild or stray animals.
Bring in pet food dishes, to keep from encouraging critters to frequent your property, and always vaccinate companion animals and livestock.
Also, keep these things in mind:
- Do Not Approach Wild/Stray Animals
- Wash Bites Thoroughly
- Seek Medical Attention
- Report Animal Bites To 707-268-2182
- Call 1-800-963-9241 To Report A Rabid Animal