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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.
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.