The goal of this program is to prevent
the occurrence and spread of Zoonotic Diseases, also known as Animal Transmitted Diseases, through
educating the public and providing consultation to individuals
regarding potential disease-carrying animals and insects, and conducting investigations
and surveillance to identify the presence and source of various
Zoonotic diseases such as Rabies, West Nile Virus, Hantavirus, Q Fever, and Salmonellosis. A complete list of Zoonotic Diseases in Washington can he found here.
West Nile Virus in Grant County:
West Nile Virus (WNv), a virus that is spread through mosquito bites, has been detected in Grant County throughout the past decade in mosquitoes, horses and humans. Click here to see maps and statistics of WNv activity in Grant County and the rest of the state.
- Mosquitoes- WNv monitoring in mosquitoes is done by the Grant County Mosquito Control District #1. To find out more about mosquito control in Grant County or to make a report of mosquito activity, please contact the Grant County Mosquito Control District at (509) 765-7731 or click here to visit their website.
- Horses - Montoring of WNv in horses is done by the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA). For more information about WNv and horses, please visit the WSDA website by clicking here.
- Birds - Dead bird surveillance and WNv activity in birds is monitored by the Washington State Department of Health with the help of the Grant County Health District. Reporting of dead birds by the public is encouraged during months when mosquitoes are active.
West Nile Virus infects certain wild birds. Of those infected, crows, jays, ravens, magpies, and hawks tend to become sick and die. Increasing numbers of dead birds may be an indication of the West Nile virus in our community. You can help by reporting dead crows, jays, ravens, magpies and hawks.
Report a dead bird online here or call the Grant County Health District at (509)766-7960.
Your dead bird report is important to us and will be used for monitoring purposes. Although it is important for public health officials to track dead bird sightings, not all dead birds will be collected and tested for West Nile virus.
If you have found a dead bird in good condition, please keep it, Double-bag the bird using a shovel, gloves, or plastic bags over your hands. Place it in a cool place, such as a cool garage or a bucket with ice packs. You may be contacted to determine whether the bird is suitable for testing. If you have not been contacted within 24 hours, please safely dispose of the bird in an outdoor trash receptacle.
For reports of dead waterfowl or shorebirds, and wild bird die-offs, contact the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife here
or call (800) 606-8768.
For reports of domestic poultry contact Washington State Department of Agriculture here or call (800) 606-3056.
Bats, Animal Bites, and Rabies:
Rabies is a serious, almost always fatal virus that can spread to humans through bites of and other exposures to infected animals. Fortunately, in Washington State, Rabies is very rare and is only known to be carried by bats.
It is important that you seek medical attention for all animal bites so that the medical provider can properly assess your risk of rabies exposure.
Bats - It is estimated that less than 1% of bats in the wild are infected with rabies. Humans and other mammals can be exposed to rabies through contact with rabid bats which is why it is very important to seek immediate medical attention if you were bitten by or had any contact with a live bat. If you are unsure about a bat exposure, call the Grant County Health District immediately at (509) 766-7960 or after hours at (509)-398-2083.
Rabies testing is available for bats that have contacted humans or for bats which have been found inside a person's living space.
If you find a bat in your living space, do not touch the bat. Cose the doors and windows to the room Wait until the bat lands on the floor or a wall. Wearing leather or other thick gloves, capture the bat in a can or box without touching it. Seal the container and call the Grant County Health District immediately. Health District staff can help determine if any people or pets in your home may have been exposed to the bat and can arrange to test the bat for rabies, if needed.
Dogs, Cats and Ferrets who bite humans must be observerd for 10 days to watch for signs of rabies. If a dog, cat or ferret becomes ill or dies withing the 10 day observation, call the Grant County Health District immediately at (509)-766-7960 or after hours at (509) 398-2083.
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