On 25-Dec-15, a calf aged approximately two months was found to be positive for rabies in Kibbutz Malkiyya.
Those who are known to have been in contact with the calf have commenced preventative treatment against rabies. Efforts are continuing to locate animals and additional people who have been in contact with the calf.
The Ministry of Health requests that persons who, in the region of this occurrence, came in contact with the infected calf or with a stray animal between 10-Dec-15 and 23-Dec-15 should call the Health Bureau in Zefat, telephone 04-6994257, 04-6994218, or the closest Health Bureau to their place of residence, in order to assess the need for administration of preventative treatment.
After hours or on weekends, go to a hospital emergency room.
Dog owners are asked to contact the local government authority’s veterinarian, in order to make sure of their vaccination status.
The Ministry of Health requests that information on this episode be conveyed to persons on excursions or on holidays in the region and in nearby towns.
Parents of children are asked to find out from their children whether they have had contact with suspicious animals, and to contact the Health Bureau.
The Ministry of Health again reminds anybody who is bitten or scratched by an animal to immediately wash the region with running water and soap, disinfect with antiseptic, and go to the Health Bureau to check whether there is a need to receive preventative treatment against rabies.