Rabies reports from North Carolina, Oregon, and Texas

North Carolina  02/25/10  the-dispatch.com:  The Davidson County Health Department reports the first case of rabies for the year.  Two dogs were in a fight Monday with a rabid skunk in the Clemmons community of northwestern Davidson County. One dog was not properly vaccinated and has been destroyed, and one dog was properly vaccinated and has received a booster shot. There was no human exposure reported.

Oregon  02/25/10  ktvl.com:  Three rabid animals have been found so far this year in southern Oregon’s Josephine County.   County public health director Belle Shepherd says all three – two foxes and a goat – were found in the Cave Junction area. She says the goat and a fox were found to have a strain of rabies common in bats, and tests are pending on the second fox.  Rabies is relatively rare in Oregon, with 107 cases reported from 2000 to 2009.

Texas  02/25/10  bccourier.com:  Bandera County Rabies Control Officer Conrad Nightingale, DVM, reported that a horse from Medina has tested positive for rabies. This is the first time in 37 years, that I’ve seen a rabid horse in this county, he said in an interview. The horse was stabled on Stringtown Road. Its owners are currently undergoing a series of five inoculations against rabies at Kerrville’ s Sid Peterson Regional Medical Center.

Nightingale urged all residents in the Stringtown Road and the area of Medina Main Street, Highway 16 North, who value their livestock, to have them inoculated or administer boosters for the disease. Additionally, he said that all companion animals, such as dogs and cats, should be current on their rabies vaccinations. I’ve never seen rabies in this section of the county before and in the last six months, we’ve had two cases, Nightingale said, adding, There’ s probably been more infected animals that we don’ t know about. It is also highly unusual to see a case of rabies at this time of the year.

Nightingale was called out to attend the ailing horse on Monday, Feb. 22. He suspected rabies after confronting the animal, which he described as uncoordinated, aggressive with his ears back and sensitive to touch. Nightingale euthanized the animal on Monday morning and immediately sent a specimen to the Texas Department of Health in Austin for testing. The positive results came back on Wednesday, Feb. 24, he said, adding that the strain of rabies wouldn’ t be available until later in the week. However, I suspect it will be skunk, he said. A rabid raccoon killed in the summer had been infected by a skunk, Nightingale said.

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