April 12, 2022 3:30 a.m.
Now that it’s spring, residents are spending increasingly time exterior exploring the Umpqua Valley.
A launch from the Douglas County Building Department – Environmental Health Division, and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office – Animal Control Division, mentioned about 350-400 animal bites are reported yearly within the county. Environmental Health Specialist Angela Scott and Animal Control Deputy Lee Bartholomew have suggestions for residents to assist decrease the chance of being bitten by an animal:
*Avoid contact or interactions with unknown animals
*Avoid contact with bats
*Do not contact or method a wounded animal, go away that for knowledgeable
*Do not feed, attempt to catch, or play with wild animals resembling foxes, squirrels, birds, skunks, opossums, beavers, rats venomous snakes or racoons
*Do not disturb or attempt to contact an animal whereas its feeding or taking good care of its younger
*Avoid taking part in aggressively with any animal
*Do not stick fingers into an animal’s kennel or cage
Scott and Deputy Bartholomew mentioned if bitten by an animal, residents ought to name their physician or well being supplier and search medical consideration instantly. There are efficient therapy choices to stop rabies and venom toxicity, so long as therapy is given quickly after a chunk or publicity.
For extra data, Environmental Health at 440-4559 or Animal Control at 440-4328.
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