Find out more about rabies and how to protect your animals

Posted By | September 25, 2019 7:26 am

World Rabies Day will be observed Sept. 28, to raise awareness about rabies and to let people know the disease is still a threat. Although there are only a handful of reported human rabies cases in the U.S. annually, more than 40,000 people are estimated to die worldwide each year from this dreaded disease. Transmissible to humans through pets and wildlife, this fatal disease is very preventable. Tennessee is among the states where USDA actively conducts an oral rabies vaccination program for wildlife to prevent the spread of raccoon variant rabies into Tennessee from east of the Appalachian Mountains.

Dan Grove, UT Extension wildlife veterinarian, can discuss the disease and wildlife management issues associated with it. Contact him at (615) 835-4573 or by email at

Marcy Souza, DVM and director of veterinary public health at the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, can discuss ways to reduce the risk to you or your pets of getting rabies. Contact Sandra Harbison, media relations for the College of Veterinary Medicine, at (865) 974-7377 for more information.

UT Extension Publication 1868, Managing Wildlife Around Your Home, which is available for download for free, gives tips for attracting desirable wildlife to your property as well as managing problematic species.

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