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Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization of men and women incorporated in 1999. The goal of the Roundtable is to raise awareness about the issue of domestic violence through community education and networking and to improve the coordination between public and private services for victims and families touched by domestic violence.

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Wayland Health Department warns about rabies

A raccoon tested positive in North East Wayland in the vicinity of Rowan Hill Conservation area on May 14, 2018. We urge the public to supervise your pets and review the following information about rabies.

Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus. The rabies virus is found in the saliva, brain, and spinal cord of an animal infected with rabies. Rabies is most often seen in wild animals such as raccoons, bats, skunks and foxes. Cats, dogs, ferrets and livestock can also get rabies if they are not vaccinated to protect them. You can get rabies if a rabid animal bites you or if its saliva gets into an open cut or into your eyes, nose or mouth.

To Protect yourself, your family and your pets:

  • Don’t feed or touch wild animals, stray dogs or stray cats
  • Be sure your dog, cat or ferret has up-to-date rabies vaccinations. Pets too young to be vaccinated should be kept indoors.
  • Don’t try to separate fighting animals. Put gloves on before touching your pet if it has been in a fight.
  • Don’t attract animals to your yard. Feed pets inside, don’t leave them outside alone and don’t let them run free.
  • A rabid animal may be unusually mean or friendly. Stay away from any animal that seems dazed or paralyzed.
  • Never touch a bat. If you see a bat indoors, call your local animal control officer or board of health.
  • If you are bitten or scratched by any animal, wash the wound immediately. Call your doctor and your local Board of Health or animal control officer immediately.

Julia Junghanns, R.S., C.H.O.,
Director of Public Health

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