Rabies reports from Georgia, Missouri, and Pennsylvania

Georgia Gray Fox

Georgia  05/26/10  cedartownstd.com:  The Polk County Health Department and Polk County Animal Control (PCAC) have identified its first positive case of rabies in Polk County for 2010. A fox tested positive for the disease south of Cedartown in the Wieuca Way area.

Georgia  05/26/10  gainesvilletimes.com:  A rabies alert has been issued for the Lula Road area of North Hall after a rabid fox was confirmed in the area last week. The fox came in contact with a person May 22. The fox was shipped to the Georgia Public Health Lab, Virology Section in Decatur and confirmed positive for rabies. This is the seventh confirmed case of 2010.

Missouri  05/26/10 areawidenews.com:  Howell County Health Department officials have confirmed a ninth case of rabies within the county this year, just four miles west of West Plains. The rabid skunk had exposed the virus to three vaccinated dogs, which are now being kept in a 45-day quarantine. “In previous years, nine cases had been our highest yearly total,” said Howell County Health Department Environmental Services Supervisor Justin Frazier. “We have already reached that number and we are not yet through May.” In Oregon County, Oregon County Health Department Administrator Sheila Russell says only one case, also involving a skunk, has been reported so far, but residents need to take precautions to prevent exposure of a loved one or family pet.


A photo of a rabid cat that was taken in by a family in Whitpain Township, Montgomery County.

Pennsylvania  05/26/10 go.com:  Neighbors in Whitpain Township who encountered a stray cat never suspected that it was sick. But it was.  As it turns out, the cat is just one of a four rabid creatures that have been spotted in Montgomery County in recent weeks.  Brendon and Eva Wargo love playtime, but last week was no fun when the twins had to be vaccinated for rabies.  It was just such a friendly cat,” said their mother, Karen Wargo, “I felt like it was OK. It looked healthy. The kids were playing with it. I was playing with it. I thought it was one of the neighbors’ cats.”  Little did they know that the friendly feline on the front door, the one they invited into their home, had rabies.  “My neighbor had been feeding it for a couple of weeks,” Wargo said. “When they saw it, they realized it was not the same cat that they had been feeding.”  “It’s just in the last couple of days he started to change,” Rick Wargo said. “There’s a ten-day window where rabies sets in.”  The cat was eventually euthanized.  As for the Wargos, the kids each had to get 2 shots, Rick needed 5 rabies shots and Karen needed 4 shots.


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