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Rabies alert issued for Clark County

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The San Bernardino County Department of Health is warning Las Vegas Valley residents of a man who may have been exposed to rabies. He could be headed our way.

Health officials are trying to locate a man who visited a bookstore at Kelso Depot near Mojave National Preserve on Tuesday. A bat landed on the man's neck outside the store. That bat tested positive for rabies.

The unidentified man indicated he may have intended to travel to Clark County in the coming days.

"If you know this man, it is very important that we speak with him. Rabies is a deadly disease that can occur when people are exposed to or get bitten by an infected animal," said Dr. Maxwell Ohikhuare of the San Bernardino County Department of Health.

"Rabies is almost always fatal in humans once symptoms begin. Therefore, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible for any animal bite or possible rabies exposure," Ohikhuare continued.

Health officials in San Bernardino County have confirmed two rabid bats so far in 2013.

The following is recommended to protect yourself and your pets from rabies:

  • Vaccinate your pets against rabies
  • Do not leave your pets outside unattended or let pets roam free
  • Get pets spayed or neutered. They are less likely to leave home, become strays, and make more stray animals
  • Keep trash cans tightly covered and avoid storing any food outside
  • Bat-proof your home by sealing small openings and keeping unscreened doors and windows closed
  • Teach children never to approach any unfamiliar animals and to tell an adult immediately if they are bitten or scratched by any animal
  • Seek immediate medical attention if you are exposed to or bitten by an animal

If anyone knows or sees this man, have him contact the San Bernardino County Department of Health at 800-722-4794 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or 909-356-3805 after business hours, weekdays and on weekends.

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