Two Rabies Cases Reported in Jefferson City
The department found rabies in two bats this week in Jefferson City. Nine out of every 10 reported cases are wild animals such as bats and skunks, or stray dogs and cats. Officials warn people to touch or take in only pets that have been checked, such as from an animal shelter, and to report bites immediately.
"They'll try and play with a stray animal, they'll try and feed a stray animal, they'll have a bat in the house that they didn't know about, that's usually what we get calls about," explained the health department's Stefanie Birk.
The department encourages owners to have pets vaccinated for rabies because protecting family pets means a better chance of protecting the family.