Pima County Health Department investigates 4 potential rabies cases

The Pima County Health Department investigated four potential cases of rabies in animals in March, county officials reported Wednesday.

The cases which involved 2 bats, one cat and one javelina all tested negative, but the county residents warned of the risk of exposure and reiterated the steps to follow in case of an encounter with an animal thought to be infected.

Rabies is a disease mostly transmitted through bites from an infected animal and is more likely to occur between animals in the wild. There is a risk, however, of transmission to humans who come in contact with wildlife.

“It is not normal for a wild animal to be friendly with people,” the county said in a statement, “so stay away from any animal that seems unafraid.”

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