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Rabies advisory

September 18, 2017

Press Release
For Immediate Release
Sept. 15, 2017
 
Rabies advisory
 
 
On Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, the Texas Department of State Health Services advised Tyler Animal Services that one bat submitted for analysis tested positive for rabies. The bat was found near the 400 block of W. Charnwood Street. The known individuals and animals with possible exposure have been identified and addressed.
 
It is critical for people not to handle bats, skunks, raccoons or other wild animals.  It is important for children to tell their parents of any contact with wild animals or any sick animals.  Anyone who knows of a person being bitten by an animal must report the bite incident to the Local Rabies Control Authority for proper investigation.
 
Tyler Animal Services advises all citizens to confirm that their dogs and cats are currently vaccinated for rabies. City of Tyler Ordinance and Smith County Ordinance require rabies vaccinations for all dogs and cats every three years.  It is a Class C misdemeanor if you fail to vaccinate your dog or cat by four months of age.  Preventive immunization for rabies is the only effective defense against this always fatal disease.
 
Anyone with questions on rabies control may contact City of Tyler Animal Control at (903) 535-0045.
 
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