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Two more cases of rabies in animals were reported by the Health Ministry on Sunday after several previous cases in recent weeks.
This time, a wounded jackal was found in the Ganei Huga area of the Beit She'an Valley on July 24. Three days later, the jackal died and was found to have been infected with rabies. On July 31, another jackal attacked a man at Beit Yosef but was not caught. On July 29, a mountain dog barged into Kibbutz Dan and bit pets. The dog was caught and found to be rabid.
The ministry calls on anyone who was in contact with any of the rabid animals to report immediately to the district health office. The office in Safed can be reached at (04) 6994218/9.
Parents of children who may have been in contact with the animals are asked to speak with them to find out. Owners of pet dogs in the area are asked to ensure that their animals have been vaccinated against rabies. Call the regional veterinarian, Dr. Ron Yisraeli.
In the event of an animal bite or scratch, wash the area immediately with running water and soap, apply antiseptics and go to the district health office to determine whether a rabies vaccine is needed.
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