Public Health – Seattle & King County has tracked several cases of rabies in wild animals in our region this year. This potentially deadly virus is contagious, and in our state is usually carried by bats. While not every bat is infected with rabies, call Public Health at 206-296-4774 or seek help from a healthcare professional any time a person or pet has come in contact with a bat.
While rabies is almost always fatal once symptoms begin, it can be prevented in pets through proper vaccination. September 28 is recognized as World Rabies Day, raising awareness of the importance of vaccinating our cats and dogs, and making sure they get booster shots when needed. All cats and dogs in King County are required to be vaccinated against rabies. Your veterinarian can give you information and advice about vaccination schedules for your pet. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) also has a good FAQ on rabies, its symptoms, and prevention.