Nevada Department of Agriculture Confirms First Rabies Case of 2023 in Clark County
By TheNevadaGlobeStaff, May 22, 2023 12:40 pm
NEVADA – The Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) has confirmed the first case of rabies in 2023, originating from a bat found in Clark County. With bats being prevalent across the state, especially during the active months between May and October, approximately 10 to 20 cases of bat rabies are typically confirmed each year.
In response to this development, the NDA is urging the public to prioritize their vaccinations and remain vigilant. NDA Director J.J. Goicoechea, DVM emphasized the importance of proactive measures, stating, “Animal owners must be proactive and work with their veterinarians to keep animals up to date on vaccinations. Vaccinating pets against rabies protects pets and their owners.”
Under Nevada state regulations, all dogs, cats, and ferrets are required to have a current rabies vaccine, and certain species of livestock are also eligible for vaccination.
Laura Morrow, supervisor of the NDA Animal Disease Lab, emphasized the need for immediate action if there has been any contact with bats. She advised, “If you or your animals have had contact with any bats, contact your local healthcare professional or veterinary provider immediately.”
The Department of Agriculture also issued a warning, reminding residents that bats can enter and exit residences unnoticed. They stressed the importance of reporting any bat, whether dead or alive, that may have come into contact with people or domestic animals.
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