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Rabies outbreak in Carlsbad prompts warning to avoid wild animals

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Rabies outbreak in Carlsbad prompts warning to avoid wild animals

You see a helpless, injured animal in the wild and know it needs immediate medical attention. What should you do?

“Don’t touch it. For personal safety, call a veterinarian like myself or animal control,” local veterinarian Samantha Uhrig advises.

Uhrig, who is licensed to care for injured wildlife at her Desert Willow Veterinarian clinic on Fiesta Drive, said in some cases, bringing in a bird that has been injured in the wild is OK.

But bringing in a wild, injured animal for medical attention should be left to the professionals, she advises. The current rabies outbreak in skunks is a major concern and a source for infecting other wild animals and humans.

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