Rabies in Tennessee

We have the facts here regarding Rabies in TN as collected by TN Department of Health. For 2018 and 2017 it looks like Skunks were the major players testing positive for  rabies followed closely by bats.

People are concerned about rabies! Rabies even to this day is almost always 100% fatal if left untreated. Once the symptoms develop it’s over and that a pretty scary statistic. It is also almost 100% treatable and preventable, so let’s not fear monger here.

How many animal have rabies in Tennessee?

In 2018 there were a total of 18 skunks that tested positive for rabies in the counties of Williamson, Rutherford, Maury, Coffee, White, Jefferson, Hamblen, Greene, Bradley, and Sullivan. 6 Bats total with the rabies virus were found in the counties Sumner, Davidson, Hamilton, Knox, Blount, and Jefferson.  Two raccoons tested positive in Hamilton and Johnson county. Only one dog was reported and that was in Maury county!

In 2017 there were a total of  17 skunks testing positive in the counties of Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Jefferson, Greene, Johnson, and Hawkins. There were 10 bats found in Davidson, Williamson, Lawrence, Bedford, Hamilton, Knox, Sevier, and Green counties. There were 5 raccoons, 2 fox, 1 dog and 1 cat as well so obviously 2017 was quite a year for rabies in Tennessee!

Have a look at the maps to see if your in an area with proven rabies cases. If you have a skunk, raccoon, or bat problem you may want to get rid of it regardless of whether or not your in an area that sometimes sees a rabies issue. As you can see the number of rabid animals reported is actually very low but still a very serious threat due to the nature of the virus. If you have seen an animal staggering around in the daytime give us a call! Keep in mind that animals can be out in the daytime and be perfectly healthy. Just because you see an animal in the daytime does NOT mean it is infected. So again, if you’re concerned about a suspected animal in your attic, or walls give us a call. We’ll remove it and most likely be able to repair any damages that they cause.

***Note: We’ll update this page with current 2019 at the end of the year but if your really interested in up to date information you can find all of this information at https://www.tn.gov/health/ceds-weeklyreports/preliminary-data-for-animal-rabies.html

How can you tell if an animal has rabies?

Well although some animals display a clear indication that something is wrong, some animals like bats can carry the disease and not show any symptoms so please use caution and do not handle a wild animal without precautions. When in doubt call a professional!

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