PHOENIX - Maricopa County Animal Care and Control invites animal owners to a free rabies vaccination clinic on Wednesday in honor of World Rabies Day.
Rabies is the oldest and deadliest disease known to mankind.
But it's a preventable disease that kills 55,000 people around the world needlessly each year—half of them children under the age of 15.
The most important source of rabies in humans is from dog bites.
Prevention starts with animal owners taking pets to be vaccinated.
Andy Kunasek, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors said in a news release, "We urge all pet owners to take their pets to get vaccinated and keep them safe from Rabies."
Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (MCACC) is holding a free rabies vaccination clinic on Wednesday, September 28th from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m..
The rabies clinic will be held at MCACC at 2500 S. 27th Ave in Phoenix.
In Maricopa County, most of the rabies cases occur in wildlife, like bats and fox, but any mammal can contract the disease.
HOW DO YOU KNOW IF AN ANIMAL IS RABID?
Unfortunately, there is no way to know for sure if a live animal has rabies.
The only way to know if an animal has contracted rabies is by examining brain tissue during an autopsy.
But there are signs you can look for:
• Rabid animals may appear unstable and may attempt to bite.
• Rabid animals often display unusually aggressive behavior.
• Rabin animals may exhibit profuse salivation.
• Rabid animals may develop difficulty in swallowing.
• Rabid animals have been known to attack people, pets and even livestock.
• Rabid animals may suffer paralysis that begins in the hind limbs and progresses toward the rest of the body.
Experts say it is important that people never touch or approach unfamiliar animals, domestic or wild.
To avoid rabies, never touch dead animals—and be sure to teach your children not to touch dead animals.
WORLD RABIES DAY
Led by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control and supported by numerous human and animal health organizations worldwide, World Rabies Day is a unique campaign that brings together hundreds of thousands of people across the world to reinforce the message that rabies is a preventable disease and vaccinations are available.
There is no treatment for rabies but it is preventable and the Alliance for Rabies Control and Maricopa County are trying to get the word out by hosting a free vaccination clinic.
You can read more about rabies prevention in this report issued by the Center for Disease Control .
To get more information about the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control Rabies Clinic call (602) 506-7387.