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Posted on: May 14, 2018

GOAT TESTS POSITIVE FOR RABIES IN PARKER COUNTY

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Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler is issuing a public service announcement regarding a rabies case.
The Texas Department of State Health Services has confirmed that a baby goat from Parker County has tested positive for rabies.
The goat owner has been notified, as per our department policy.
“This is the first confirmed case of rabies in our county this year,” said Sheriff Fowler. “We highly recommend pet owners to properly vaccinate all family pets and livestock. We further caution the public not to approach or handle wild or stray animals. In all cases of animal bites, we strongly encourage the bite victim to seek immediate medical attention and to report all incidents involving animal bites to their local law enforcement agency directly.”

The PCSO has taken some educational information from the Center for Disease Control and included it to better inform the public:
The first symptoms of rabies may be very similar to those of the flu including general weakness or discomfort, fever, or headache. These symptoms may last for days. There may be also discomfort or a prickling or itching sensation at the site of bite, progressing within days to symptoms of cerebral dysfunction, anxiety, confusion, agitation. As the disease progresses, the person may experience delirium, abnormal behavior, hallucinations, and insomnia. The acute period of disease typically ends after two to 10 days. Once clinical signs of rabies appear, the disease is nearly always fatal, and treatment is typically supportive. Disease prevention includes administration of both passive antibody, through an injection of human immune globulin and a round of injections with rabies vaccine. Once a person begins to exhibit signs of the disease, survival is rare. To date less than 10 documented cases of human survival from clinical rabies have been reported and only two have not had a history of pre- or post-exposure prophylaxis.
What can you do?
• Vaccinate your pet
• Maintain control of your pets to reduce their exposure to wildlife
• Spay or neuter to decrease the number of stray animals
• Report any stray or ill animals to animal control
Learn more about World Rabies Day.
Any animal bitten or scratched by either a wild, carnivorous mammal or a bat that is not available for testing should be regarded as having been exposed to rabies. Unvaccinated dogs, cats, and ferrets exposed to a rabid animal should be euthanized immediately. If the owner is unwilling to have this done, the animal should be placed in strict isolation for 6 months and vaccinated 1 month before being released. Animals with expired vaccinations need to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Dogs and cats that are currently vaccinated are kept under observation for 45 days. Small mammals such as squirrels, rats, mice, hamsters, guinea pigs, gerbils, chipmunks, rabbits, and hares are almost never found to be infected with rabies and have not been known to cause rabies among humans in the United States. Bites by these animals are usually not considered a risk of rabies unless the animal was sick or behaving in any unusual manner and rabies is widespread in your area. However, from 1985 through 1994, woodchucks accounted for 86% of the 368 cases of rabies among rodents reported to CDC. Woodchucks or groundhogs (Marmota monax) are the only rodents that may be frequently submitted to state health department because of a suspicion of rabies. In all cases involving rodents, the state or local health department should be consulted before a decision is made to initiate postexposure prophylaxis (PEP).
Is there rabies in my area?
Each state collects specific information about rabies, and is the best source for information on rabies in your area. In addition, the CDC publishes rabies surveillance data every year for the United States. The report, entitled Rabies Surveillance in the United States, contains information about the number of cases of rabies reported to CDC during the year, the animals reported rabid, maps showing where cases were reported for wild and domestic animals, and distribution maps showing outbreaks of rabies associated with specific animals.
Related Links
• Is Rabies in your State?
• How can you prevent rabies in animals?

Rabies Information
General Information
Rabies is an infectious virus that attacks the nervous system, and eventually, the brain causing death. It is carried by wild animals such as bats, raccoons, foxes, and skunks and affects only mammals. Rabies is transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal but also can be spread by the saliva coming into contact with an open wound or broken skin.
Please make sure your pets are current on their rabies vaccination. It is the only way to protect them from this deadly virus and Texas State law requires it! If your pet is not vaccinated and comes into contact with a rabid animal, you must either euthanize your pet or have it quarantined for 10 days at your expense.

Rabies Prevention Tips
Vaccinate your pets against the rabies virus
Avoid wildlife - do not touch, pet, or feed any wildlife whether they appear to be sick or not
Do not approach any animal that is unfamiliar to you or your family
Secure trash in garbage cans with tight fitting lids
Feed your pets inside or in small amounts outside to avoid leaving food sitting outside that may attract wildlife
Keep your pets indoors when possible and on a leash when you take them off your property
Remember, there is no cure!

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