PUBLIC HEALTH ALERT

 

There has been a confirmed case of a rabid raccoon in the areas of Comstock Road, Pound Hill Road and Industrial Drive in North Smithfield, RI. In order to safeguard our community, it is crucial that residents stay informed about cases like these due to the seriousness of rabies infection. Rabies can infect all mammals including people and their pets.

 

Anyone who sees an animal acting in an unusual manner is urged to call Animal Control officials. Please follow the guidance below:

 

·        Do not approach animals that you do not know. Exercise caution and maintain a safe distance.

 

·        If you have been bitten or scratched by an animal of unknown vaccination history, wash the wound immediately and seek medical attention.

 

·        Ensure that your pets have a current rabies vaccination. If your pet is allowed outside, a booster vaccine is strongly recommended. Keep outdoor pets indoors until they receive the booster vaccines.

 

·        Do not feed stray or unknown animals including cats and dogs. Avoid any interaction that may result in potential exposure.

 

·        Do not leave trash or food outside unless it is in a trash can with a tight-fitting lid. Prevent attracting wild animals to your property.

 

·        If a pet is fed outside, do not leave food out overnight. Minimize the chances of attracting animals that may carry rabies.

 

·        If a pet comes in contact with an animal that might be rabid, contact a veterinarian immediately. Seek professional guidance to ensure the well-being of your pet.

 

For more information, please check with Rhode Island DEM or Animal Control.

 
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