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 Rabies Information

Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. The vast majority of rabies cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) each year occur in wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes.

 What is Rabies?


 The rabies virus infects the central nervous system, ultimately causing disease in the brain and death. The early symptoms of rabies in people are similar to that of many other illnesses, including fever, headache, and general weakness or discomfort. As the disease progresses, more specific symptoms appear and may include insomnia, anxiety, confusion, slight or partial paralysis, excitation, hallucinations, agitation, hypersalivation (increase in saliva), difficulty swallowing, and hydrophobia (fear of water). Death usually occurs within days of the onset of these symptoms. (CDC)

 What happens if I was bitten?


Please contact your family physician for medical treatment for any bite or scratch. 
Also contact the Franklin County Health Department at (502) 564-7382 or email Kendra Palmer to report a bite or scratch. 
You may also fax the Animal Bite Form to us at (502) 564-5672.


 

Rabies is a medical urgency not an emergency, but decisions must not be delayed.  Any wounds should be immediately washed and medical attention from a health care provider should be sought for any trauma due to an animal attack before considering the need for rabies vaccination.

The need for rabies vaccination should be evaluated under the advisement of your physician and/or a state or local health department.  Decisions to start vaccination, known as post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), will be based on your type of exposure, the animal you were exposed to, as well as the laboratory and surveillance information for the area where the exposure occurred.

 Rabies Vaccination Clinics for pets


 

Rabies vaccinations protect pets, but they also protect people by preventing rabies in wild animals that may spread to those pets, and then to us. Rabies is a zoonotic infectious viral disease that affects the nervous system. Zoonotic, means the disease can be passed from animals to humans. People get rabies from the bite of an infected, or rabid, animal. Wild mammals like raccoons, skunks, foxes, coyotes or bats as well as domestic animals like dogs, cats, horses and cattle can transmit rabies to people. Rabies is not in Franklin County, but still very common in the wild in the United States.  Per law, KRS 258.015, all cats, dogs and ferrets 4 months of age and older are to have a current and valid rabies vaccination.

 

Fortunately, rabies is 100% preventable with vaccination. Each year FCHD, in partnership with several local veterinarians, provides rabies vaccination clinics.

 

   






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 FCHD will be closed the following dates   FCHD Board of Health Meetings   
Monday   Jan 20 Martin Luther King Day       Mar 18th 2020  12pm  Building Subcommittee Meeting at FCHD - Public Health Center   
Thursday March 12

Staff Development Day

FCHD CLOSED 

       
Friday April 10  Good Friday, Closed 1/2 day       March 16, 2020         6pm at FCHD - Public Health Center  
Monday May 25 Memorial Day      June 15, 2020           6pm at FCHD - Public Health Center  
Thursday  June 4

Staff Development Meeting 

FCHD Closed 

       
Friday July 3 Independence Day         
Monday Sept 7 Labor Day        
Tuesday Nov 3 Presidential Election Day        
Wednesday Nov 11 Veterans Day        
Thursday Nov 26 Thanksgiving Day        
Friday Nov 27 FCHD Closed         
Thursday  Dec 24 Christmas Eve        
Wednesday Dec 25 Christmas Day        
Thursday Dec 31 New Year's Eve        
Frday  Jan 1,2021 New Year's Day