Fourth rabies case confirmed in Shelby County

(CBS42)
(CBS42)

[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?aspect_ratio=16×9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1367539937&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4042040&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1367539937 type=script]SHELBY COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) – A forth case of the raccoon strain of rabies has been confirmed in Shelby County. and this time it’s a family pet that’s infected.

Agents with the U.S. Department of Agricultures Wild Life division are going door to door to educate people in a five mile area around the Beeswax Creek boat launch near Columbiana.

The concern now that a family pet has been infected is getting pet owners in the community to ensure their animals are current on vaccinations and to remind neighbors what to do if they suspect an animal is sick.

Biologist Dana Johnson says, “We want the citizens to know if they see a strange acting animal don’t touch it. Call us. if there’s been a human or domestic pet exposure call the health department and call their vet.”

Since February three raccoons and now the puppy have tested positive for rabies in the area. It’s the first time the disease has identified in this part of the county since 2007.

To report a possible case of rabies you may also call the national hotline at 1-888-RABIES4

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