April Is Rabies Awareness Month

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Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced today that April is Rabies Awareness Month in the Commonwealth.

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The goal of Rabies Awareness Month is to promote key prevention strategies, including proper pet vaccination and the prevention of animal bites.

"This year we particularly want to recognize our veterinarians for the significant role they have played in reducing rabies cases in Massachusetts. Since pets have historically been a source of human infection, vaccinating our pet dogs and cats has resulted in a significant decrease in human cases since the 1940s," said DPH Chief Medical Officer Dr. Al DeMaria.

Each April, rabies clinics are held across the state.

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