HYANNIS — The Barnstable County Division of Well being and Surroundings has reported a rabies-positive racoon, marking the primary identified case of terrestrial (non-bat) rabies on the Cape in eight years.
Well being Communications Coordinator Bethany Traverse mentioned there was no human contact with the raccoon. Rabies in wildlife, primarily raccoons, skunks and foxes, has been successfully managed in Barnstable County through oral rabies vaccine distribution and testing carried out by the Cape Cod & Southeast MA Rabies Job Pressure every spring and fall.
Barnstable County Division of Well being and Surroundings (BCDHE) is working intently with the USA Division of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Well being Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) and the City of Barnstable’s Well being Division and Division of Marine and Environmental Affairs to coordinate a focused and complete lure, vaccinate and launch program. Sampling for rabies will probably be carried out on wild animals which can be injured, sick performing or discovered useless.
It can be crucial for the general public to maintain themselves, kids, and pets away from wild and stray animals. Pet homeowners are additionally reminded to maintain their pets’ rabies vaccines up-to-date. Keep in mind, you can not inform if an animal has rabies simply by it. Should you do see an animal behaving surprisingly, please name your native animal management official.
As a reminder, the seize and relocation of any wild animal is against the law and may trigger hurt to the animal. Previously, it has been decided that animals relocated to Cape Cod have been recognized as being contaminated with rabies. Please go to Shifting wildlife | Mass.gov for extra info.
For extra details about rabies prevention and remediation efforts, see https://www.barnstablecountyhealth.org/programs-and-services/rabies-awareness