A health organization wants people to be cautious of animal bites that can cause rabies.

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit says a domestic or wild animal that has rabies can pass it onto humans.

The health unit says if you are out in the wilderness do not approach or pet an animal in the wild.

It its media release, the health unit also says if an animal is growling, slowly back away as turning and running could startle it.

H.K.P.R. also suggests getting your pet vaccinated against rabies, and keeping it leashed as a scratch or bite from a wild animal can pass the virus onto your dog or cat.

The health unit also suggests seeing a doctor right away if you have been bitten or scratched by an unfamiliar animal.

Rabies can be fatal in humans if left untreated.