When people are exposed to sick animals it can become a public health concern. Some species of animals are known to have high rates of carrying communicable diseases, and all contact should be avoided.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), about 75% of the new diseases that have affected humans over the past 10 years have been caused by pathogens originating from an animal or from products of animal origin. Many of these diseases have the potential to spread through various means over long distances and to become global problems.
If you have been in the same room with a bat, OR had physical contact with a bat, please call the Kewaunee County Public Health during regular business hours. The bat may need to be tested for rabies. The bat should be intact, double bagged, and then stored between 35° - 46° Fahrenheit until contact is made with the Public Health Department.
DOG AND CAT BITES
If you have been bitten by a dog or cat, please report the bite immediately to the Kewaunee County Sheriff's Department at (920) 388-3100.
Rabies Prevention Tips:
- Visit your veterinarian with your pet on a regular basis and keep rabies vaccinations up-to-date for all cats, ferrets, and dogs.
- Maintain control of your pets by keeping cats and ferrets indoors and keeping dogs under direct supervision.
- Spay or neuter your pets to help reduce the number of unwanted pets that may not be properly cared for or vaccinated regularly.
- Call animal control to remove all stray animals from your neighborhood since these animals may be unvaccinated or ill.