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How Common is Rabies in Raccoons?

How common is rabies in raccoons

Most cases of rabies occur in the wild. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), wild animals account for over 92% percent of reported rabies cases.

The disease is much rarer in domestic animals. Rabies is usually only transferred to a dog or cat through the bite of an infected animal.

We’re often asked about raccoons and whether there is a danger to pets from raccoons giving them rabies.

Related: Raccoon Behavior FAQ

 

How common is rabies in raccoons?

Aggressive RaccoonThere has not been a reliable study to show the percentage of raccoons with rabies. The majority of raccoons DO NOT have rabies. However, as far as reported cases of rabies are concerned, raccoons are one of the most likely wild animals to carry rabies.

Raccoons are the second most common wild species in reported cases of rabies. According to the CDC, raccoons account for 29.4 percent of all reported rabies cases. This is second only to bats, which account for 30.9 percent of rabies cases, and more than skunks, which account for 24.8 percent of rabies cases.

Raccoons, bats, and skunks are the most common “Rabies Vector Species”, along with foxes and groundhogs. These are the types of animals that when infected pose the greatest threat to pass it to others.

Related: Identification of Rabies and How to Protect Yourself and Your Pets

 

How to tell if a raccoon has rabies

Rabies in RaccoonsThe only way to be certain a raccoon has rabies is for it to be tested. However, a rabid raccoon will often show telltale signs, symptoms, and behaviors.

Signs of rabies in raccoons

  • Appear disoriented
  • Walking unsteadily
  • Foaming at the mouth
  • Makes unusual noises
  • Weepy, goopy eyes
  • Aggressive behavior

Related: Top 6 Signs That a Raccoon is Rabid

 

Raccoon with rabies memeContracting rabies

Rabies is a virus and you or your pet can only contract rabies through direct contact with an infected animal and transmission of its saliva into the body.

This happens usually through a bite from a rabies-infected animal or through its saliva coming in contact with a cut or wound. You cannot catch rabies be being near an infected animal, or simply by touching it.

Related: Common raccoon diseases

 

Rabies treatment

If you believe there is a chance you may have caught rabies from a wild animal, you should visit your doctor immediately. If treated quickly, rabies in humans is curable.

The CDC recommends washing any wounds immediately with soap and water. Even doing this can decrease your chances of rabies.

See your doctor for attention for any trauma due to an animal attack before considering the need for rabies vaccination.

Your doctor, possibly in consultation with your state or local health department, will decide if you need a rabies vaccination.

 

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More resources about rabies

Raccoons and Public Health – The Humane Society

Rabies – Centers for Disease Control

Rabies – Wikipedia

Wild animals with rabies – Centers for Disease Control

When should I seek medical attention? – Centers for Disease Control


 

Illinois Rabid Bats and Animals Warning 2017

Rabid animals in Illinois warning 2017

Watch Out For Rabid Bats & Animals

In this post, we discuss Rabid animals in Illinois and the methods for treatment of bites and removal of bats.

A bat and his fangs - Does it have rabies?

More than a dozen rabid bats found in Illinois so far this year


The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has sent out a public announcement stating that people need to be aware of rabid animals, including bats because they have become more active than normal at this time of year.


IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. says “Most cases of rabies in Illinois are almost always found in bats, you can’t tell just by looking at a bat if it has rabies so it’s important to avoid handling bats and to make sure your home has no openings where bats can come in.”

Rabies - How it spreads, symptoms and common carriers

People can get rabies after being bitten by an infected animal. The nervous system is affected by the rabies virus. You can also contract the virus when saliva from the rabid animal gets directly in your eyes, mouth, nose or an open wound.

Because of the size of a bats mouth, people may have difficulty finding the actual bite mark. If you are not sure if you were exposed, but were within close proximity, and wake up to find one in your room, don’t kill it, or release it before calling a doctor, or local Department of Health to make sure you haven’t been exposed to rabies and needing immediate medical attention.

Symptoms of Rabies

Similar to other illnesses, rabies will produce a fever, headache, and general discomfort and weakness. With the progression of the virus, specific symptoms will show up: Such as anxiety, confusion, insomnia, partial paralysis, hallucinations, and excitation. Within days of the onset, death usually occurs.

Seek immediate medical attention if you have been bitten by any animal!

A bat that is active during the day, on the ground, or unable to fly is more likely to have Rabies. An animal doesn’t have to be aggressive or exhibit symptoms to have Rabies. Changes such as these can be early signs of Rabies. Even though these creatures are approached with ease, you should never handle them.


To prevent the spread of Rabies, follow these tips:

  • All vaccinations should be kept up-to-date on all cats, dogs, ferrets, and any other animals you may own. Contact your veterinarian if your pet is exposed to a rabid animal.
  • Do not unintentionally attract wild animals by touching, feeding, or leaving garbage cans or litter exposed.
  • Never bring them into your home, or adopt them. Do not nurse sick, or wild animals to health. Call Animal Control or an animal rescue agency to handle them.
  • Children should be taught to never handle unfamiliar animals, (wild or domestic), even when they seem to be friendly. A good way to explain this is “Love your own, leave other animals alone”
  • To prevent bats from getting inside your home, maintain homes and buildings.
  • Do not release the bat outside if you find one in your home until after speaking with animal control or public health officials.

You may need to capture the bat after consulting with animal control or public health officials, for Rabies testing to determine if preventative treatment is necessary.

Related: Identification of Rabies and How to Protect Yourself and Your Pets

Steps to take to capture the bat:

 

  • While wearing gloves, place a box or coffee can over it when it lands.
  • Trap the bat inside by using a piece of cardboard underneath the container.
  • Secure by taping the cardboard to the container and make small holes in the cardboard to allow the bat to breathe.

Related: How to Get Bats Out of the House

 

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SOURCE: http://www.dph.illinois.gov

Top 6 Signs That a Raccoon is Rabid

Top Signs a Raccoon is Rabid

Raccoons may have a reputation for carrying rabies and it’s warranted. Raccoons are the number one animal to contract rabies.

In fact, raccoons make up about 30% of all animal cases of rabies; bats, skunks, and foxes follow them.

It’s important to protect yourself and your family from animal pests, especially rabid animal pests. Below are our 6 top signs that a raccoon is rabid.

Top 6 Signs That a Raccoon is Rabid

Raccoon Trapped in a Cage1. Walking strangely – If you see a raccoon that is walking in circles, or walking like it has partially or fully paralyzed hind legs, it most likely has rabies.

2. Look confused or disoriented – Raccoons typically look alert and interested in what they’re doing. A rabid raccoon will be lethargic.

3. Foaming at the mouth – Foaming at the mouth or drooling are classic signs of rabies. This is due to choking caused by the virus. Avoid any contact with a raccoon that exhibits this sign of rabies.

4. Making strange noises – Though raccoons are chatty, a rabid raccoon will be making bizarre or wild noises.

5. “Weeping” eyes – A rabid raccoon has a goopy, weepy appearance to their eyes.

6. Aggression – Raccoons typically retreat when approached, but a rabid raccoon may start a fight with your pets, or even you.

 

Mistaken Signs

Zombie Raccoons IllinoisRaccoons are typically nocturnal and most active at night. It is a common misconception that any raccoon active during the day is rabid.

If the raccoon exhibits standard raccoon behavior, besides being active during the day, it probably is not rabid.

 

When To Call Pest Control

Call animal control if the raccoon pestering your home exhibits any of the top 6 signs that a raccoon is rabid.

Stay away from the raccoon at all costs and keep children and pets indoors or away. Rabies is a very serious virus that can cause serious health issues to pets and humans alike. Call an animal removal specialist immediately to have rabid raccoons safely removed from your property.

 

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We can also safely restore and sanitize your attic to remove dangerous contaminants.

Satisfaction guaranteed!

Contact us online or call (847) 464-1861

 

Rabid Bats In Illinois

rabid bats

According to the Chicago Tribune, the amount of bats that have tested positive for rabies in Illinois is doubled comparatively to last year. Last year at this point, there were eight positive rabies tests. Currently there are 16. Though these numbers are small and it is early in the season, it could be indicative of a trend this year.

Bats are found everywhere in the state, including the Chicagoland area. Rabid bats have been found in homes in Arlington Heights, Aurora, LaGrange, and Chicago’s south side. The family from Arlington Heights is pursuing rabies vaccinations. Most rabid bats found last year were in Cook and Will counties. Will county had a record setting 20 cases of bat rabies.

Several species of bat are found in Illinois. Big brown bats and small brown bats are quite common, even in urban areas. Officials say that bats are common transmitters of rabies because they are often in contact with humans. Bats can also transmit rabies to other mammals like dogs, foxes, skunks, and raccoons.

To avoid catching rabies, it’s advised to avoid contact with wild animals including stray cats and dogs. Especially avoid animals that are typically nocturnal but may be acting strangely during daylight hours. Do not leave food outside that may attract wild animals. Seal off any entry points to your home, or other buildings like sheds and garages, that wild animals may enter. Bats can enter through small entry pints near windows, attics, soffits, and spaces in your home’s siding. Keep your family pets’ vaccines up to date and do not let them roam without supervision.

If you believe a rabid animal has bitten you, seek medical attention immediately. If there are animal pests on your property or in your home, call pest control to have them safely removed.

Attic Solutions Alert: Rabid Bats in Chicago Area

Bat, rabies, rabid batsAccording to a recent news report on ABC 7 Chicago, a local Naperville, Illinois family required rabies treatment after finding a rabid bat in their home. The family called Animal Control upon discovering the bat, which tested positive for rabies. Animal Control advised the entire family be inoculated against the disease since bats have such tiny teeth and could penetrate without leaving a mark.

Dr. Leroy Schild of Will County Animal Control advised that there were 13 cases of rabid bats in 2014 and 11 cases already this year. “This year is particularly bad because of the wet spring-… A lot of moisture, a lot of insects [sic] big food source for ’em,” he said.

Another family in Homer Glen found six rabid bats living in their garage and were also treated for rabies as a precaution. Animal Control authorities passed out flyers to neighbors in the area so they were aware of the situation.

It may seem unlikely that bats could get in your home, but you would be surprised how easy it is. Because bats are so small, it is not difficult for them to sneak in through a crevice, window, or chimney and move into your attic or basement.

As soon as you suspect you may have a bat infestation, call Attic Solutions immediately at 847-464-1861 for removal. We are trained professionals and equipped to deal with bat exclusion and removal. We will remove the bats and fix any property damage they may have caused.

Identification of Rabies and How to Protect Yourself and Your Pets

Wild animals can be troublesome to homeowners in a variety of ways from destroying property to contaminating food supplies but the health risks they pose are the biggest cause for alarm.  The most common disease that homeowners fear from wild mammals is rabies.  Rabies is a severe, infectious disease that attacks the central nervous system in mammals.  It is possible for humans to become infected with rabies if they are bitten by an infected animal.  Recognizing the symptoms in wild animals can help you avoid infected animals and keep your pets safe as well.

Rabies Identification

The vast majority of rabies cases in North America are attributed to wild mammals with the most common carriers including raccoons, skunks, bats, foxes, and coyotes.  Most animals that are infected with rabies exhibit peculiar behavior that is characteristic of the disease.  Animals with rabies are easily agitated, salivate profusely, and snap or bite at nothing and they may also seem partially paralyzed or disoriented when they move.  It is possible that these symptoms could be caused by another disease such as distemper, but it is still recommended to avoid any animal exhibiting this odd behavior.

How Rabies is Spread

While rabies can spread to humans, it is quite rare as there are only 28 reported fatal cases of rabies in the United States within the last 10 years.  It is spread exclusively through saliva as opposed to blood, urine, or feces because the virus can only survive in saliva.  In order for humans to become infected, they must be bitten by an infected animal and the bite has to break skin.  The rabies virus cannot infect someone through unbroken skin.  If you are bitten by a wild mammal that could have rabies and the bite has broken the skin, you should seek medical treatment immediately.

How to protect yourself from rabies

The best way to protect yourself and your pets from rabies is to avoid wild animals that may be rabid and get your pets vaccinated for the disease.  If you or your pet is bitten by a wild animal, immediately flush the wound with water and use antiseptic soap to clean the area.  After cleaning the wound, you should seek treatment as soon as possible from a doctor or veterinarian if your animal was bitten.  In some cases of rabies, humans unknowingly contracted the disease by being bitten by a bat.  If you discover that you may have come into contact with a bat, it is safer to assume that you have been bitten and act accordingly.  It is important to seek medical treatment immediately after being bitten by a potentially infected animal because rabies will become fatal in people and pets if it is not treated right away.


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