• Rabies Bats, Raccoons, Skunks, Squirrels, Woodchucks, and Foxes can carry Rabies.
  • Rabies is a virus and can cause serious illness.
  • Rabies is spread through a bite or scratch, either to a human or domesticated animal.
  • There is a vaccination available for rabies.
  • Don’t approach any wild animals and don’t let your pets approach wild animals.
  • Beavers and other rodents that live near waterways can carry Giardia
  • Giardia is a parasite.
  • Giardia is often spread in contaminated naturally occurring bodies of water.
  • Giardia can cause a variety of stomach problems. Diarrhea is the most common symptom.
  • Avoid drinking or swallowing water from ponds, lakes, or rivers.
  • Teach your children to play and swim in the water without drinking or swallowing.
  • See your physician if you or your child become symptomatic.
Lyme Disease
  • Ticks are carriers of many diseases.
  • Deer ticks carry Lyme Disease.
  • There is no vaccine for Lyme Disease.
  • In the deep woods or high grass wear clothes that provide adequate coverage.
  • For extra protection in wilderness settings, adults should use repellant that contains Deet, but it is not safe to use these products on infants and young children.
  • Check yourself carefully after outdoor excursions.
  • If a tick is found remove it with fine point tweezers, grasping as close to the skin as possible and pulling straight out with steady pressure.
  • Lyme Disease is treatable. If you notice a bull’s eye rash or experience flu like symptoms seeyour medical provider.
West Nile Virus
  • Some mosquitoes in Western Massachusetts have been found to carry West Nile Virus.
  • Mosquitoes become infected when they bite a bird who is carrying the virus.
  • To report dead crows or bluejays call the Massachusetts Department of Public Health at 1-866-627-7968.
  • To protect yourself and your family, wear clothes that provide adequate coverage at dawn and dusk.
  • For added protection adults should use repellant that contains Deet, but it is not safe to use theseproducts on infants and young children.
  • Remove any standing water that can be a potential breeding site for mosquitoes.