bat rabiesRabies is one of the most common animal-transmitted viruses. Unlike FMD and the avian flu, rabies is a constant threat to the society. Humans and animals can acquire the virus through exposure to the carrier’s saliva, and the result is always fatal.

The local government imposed laws and regulations to prevent as many cases as possible, and has been successful. There are only a few cases of rabies fatalities per year in the US due to rabies vaccination for pets. Unfortunately, dogs and cats are not the only source of this virus.

Local pest control company, Yes Pest Pros, Inc., acknowledges pests as rabies-carriers, such as the following:

Bats

These flying mammals have been the cause of more than half the rabies deaths in Indiana for the past years. The state treats bats as pests due to this, in addition to other diseases the animals bring. Infestations in homes are common, posing a high risk of exposure. Apart from bites, bat scratches may also transmit the infection.

Raccoons

They may seem adorable, but raccoons are the leading carriers of rabies in the whole U.S. They also cause the spread of the virus in other animals and humans through their bites. Like bats, they can also nest in homes. As much as possible, get rid of the animals indirectly through baits or with professional assistance.

Skunks

Following raccoons on the list, skunks infest a broader area in the U.S. They are common as garden pests, but may also attack when aggravated. They may also transfer the virus to other animals through bites.

Foxes

Fox rabies is more common in the southern states and in Alaska, but may also travel to other states. There have been no recent cases of fox rabies cases in the country for the past years, but people should still be careful with their presence.

Once the symptoms of rabies appear, treatment may no longer be possible. Despite this, authorities warn people to seek medical attention immediately once exposed to possible rabies-carriers. If possible, the person should also capture the animal for testing and observation. Contact local authorities for more information about rabies.