Texas Animal Shelter Coalition

DSHS Poster Contest for School Children

  • 31 Aug 2015
  • 08 Apr 2016
  • Texas

Please consider promoting the Rabies Awareness & Prevention Poster Contest in your community.

The Texas Department of State Health Services would like to invite the kids at your school to participate in a RABIES AWARENESS & PREVENTION POSTER CONTEST!

bat[1]Rabies is a viral disease that kills over 50, 000 people every year around the world.  Human deaths from rabies in the United States are very rare (approximately one death per year, almost exclusively due to rabies associated with bats).  This is due to strict animal control laws, widespread pet vaccinations, and public health intervention in identified rabies-exposure cases.  Rabies post-exposure prophylaxis is 100% effective when administered properly.  However, the treatment is very expensive and requires multiple shots over a period of time.

Private residences and school grounds are the most common locations in Texas for exposure to rabid bats.  This is why we are encouraging school kids throughout Texas to become more aware about rabies and respecting bats and other wildlife from a distance.  The most likelymammals to have rabies in Texas are skunks, foxes, raccoons, coyotes and bats.

ACTION

Please forward this information to the teachers in your school district and encourage them to involve their students.  This would be a perfect activity for schools participating in the C-Scope as an informational text or procedural text assignment or as an excellent extra-credit project for an art or science class.  Provided online is an information sheet for students, a teacher instruction sheet with details and an entry form (www.dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/disease/rabies/information/contest/). 

PRIZES 154371533[1]

Prizes are provided by the Zach Jones Memorial Fund.  www.zachjonesmemorial.org (this is a great site to checkout for rabies information)

CONTEST DEADLINE

The deadline for poster submission is April 8, 2016

CONTACT INFORMATION fox[1]

If you are interested and need additional information, feel free to contact the coordinator directly.

Bonny Mayes, MA, Epidemiologist

512.776.2888

Bonny.Mayes@dshs.state.tx.us

Texas Department of State Health Services

Zoonosis Control Branch

Austin, Texas 78756

RABIES RESOURCES skunk[1]

Center for Disease Control - http://www.cdc.gov/rabiesandkids/

Texas Department of State Health Services - http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/disease/rabies/

Bat Conservation International - www.batcon.org

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