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Rabies case confirmed within Abilene city limits

Rabies case confirmed within Abilene city limits

By Aaron Vannoy - Animal Services Manager

 

 

 

ABILENE, Texas – The City of Abilene’s Animal Services division announced that there is a positive case of rabies in a skunk found in south east Abilene. The specimen was confirmed by the Texas Department of State Health Services. Animals Services has also confined a dog that came into contact with the skunk and will be delivering notices to those neighborhood residents that a positive rabies case was confirmed in their area.                                             Animal Services recommends the following tips to help alleviate the potential danger of rabies: 1.   Immunize all dogs and cats over the age of four months. 2.   Keep all pets confined in a secure enclosure or on a leash while walking. 3.   Immediately report any wild animals exhibiting unusual behavior. {{more}} Rabies is a virus disease of the central nervous system. It can be transmitted by the bite of a rabid animal or through the saliva of a rabid animal being introduced into a fresh scratch or similar skin break and rarely by other routes. Saliva in contact with unbroken skin or even on a scratch wound over 24 hours old usually won’t require anti-rabies treatment. You should immediately see a doctor if you have been bitten and think the animal could be rabid. In case of contact with a potentially rabid animal in city limits, contact: Animal Services: 325-698-0085 or 325-673-8331 .

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