1 , 2005
For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Michelle Pintar
Phone: (414) 431-6104
– The Wisconsin Humane Society and the
City of Milwaukee Health Department officially declared
July as Rabies Awareness Month during a press conference
on July 1. Although July has passed and August is
in full gear, it doesn't mean the community should
forget about rabies. Now is also the time the wildlife
animal population is high. The Wisconsin Humane
Society would like to remind people about the following:
May 23, three bats have tested positive for rabies
in the City of Milwaukee . If you are bitten by
a bat or other wild animal, or come into contact
with potentially infectious bodily fluid such as
saliva, wash the exposed area thoroughly with soap
and water, contain the biting animal if it is safe
to do so and seek medical attention immediately.
If you discover an animal, such as a bat, in a bedroom
– even if you don't think you have been bitten –
still immediately seek medical attention and call
your local municipal health department.
finding a dead wild animal in your home, wear leather
work gloves and ideally without handling it directly,
place the animal in a box, securely taping the box
shut. You should proceed to call your local health
department for information about where to take the
bat, raccoon or other wild animal for rabies testing.
there is a chance your companion animal has been
in contact with a wild animal, contact both your
veterinarian and local health department immediately.
It is imperative that your animal be kept current
on all vaccinations. Also, if your animal is acting
in unusual ways – staggering around, not displaying
his or her normal personality, etc. contact your
Wisconsin Humane Society recommends that you bat-proof
your home. A few simple steps include covering any
holes on the outside of your home that are larger
than a quarter, and caulking cracks that are 3/8”
or more wide. Maintain intact window screens, install
chimney caps, make sure attic vents are covered
with screening and keep all doors closed tightly.
attempt to take in wild animals as companion animals
or bring them into your home, and don't handle or
feed them. Also teach your children to never approach
unfamiliar animals.· The vast
majority of bats are healthy, beneficial creatures
that consume large numbers of insects, such as mosquitoes.
Opportunity: Scott Diehl, Wildlife Manager for
WHS, will be available for an interview and have
young raccoons, opossums and gray squirrels available
for photos. To schedule an interview, contact Michelle
Pintar at (414) 431-6104.