The Tennessee Department of Health, Rabies Control Service has scheduled Rabies Vaccination Clinics throughout Sullivan County for Thursday, May 3rd, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal that occurs in wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes. Domestic animals account for less than 10% of the reported cases with cats, cattle, and dogs most often reported rabid.”
“In 2017 Tennessee reported 36 animals positive for rabies. Of those 36 animals there were 1 cat, 2 fox, 5 raccoons, 1 dog, 10 bats, and 17 skunks. Sullivan County reported no positives for 2017 while Johnson County reported 5 raccoons and 1 skunk positive for rabies. Greene County reported 5 skunks and 1 bat. Hawkins County reported 1 skunk positive. Since January of 2018 there have been 11 positive cases of rabies statewide. Of those 11 cases Sullivan County has reported 1 skunk positive. Neighboring Greene County has also reported 1 skunk positive. Other counties reporting positives include Hamblen, Jefferson, Rutherford, Williamson and Maury Counties. Maury County had 1 positive dog. To date all other positives have been skunks.” stated Jerry Taylor, Environmental Health Specialist with the Tennessee Department of Health. Taylor also stated that it is essential to have all of your pets, both, outdoor and indoor, vaccinated against rabies.
Tennessee State law requires that all dogs and cats three (3) months of age or older must receive and maintain current rabies vaccinations. Rabies vaccinations will be offered at a reduced rate of $10.00 per vaccination. For more information regarding Rabies vaccinations for your pets, call Jerry Taylor with the Tennessee Department of Health at 423-279-1616 extension 4.