Rabies Confirmed in Rhode Island Horse

Tissue samples from a Portsmouth, R.I., horse that died last weekend have tested positive for rabies, the Warren Times reported.

According to the report, the mare lived at the Newport Polo Club. It began "acting aggressively" on Saturday night. The horse's regular veterinarian was called but was unable to treat the horse because of its dangerous behavior. The horse died Sunday night.

Officials with the state Department of Environmental Management confirmed rabies Tuesday. The Department of Health is investigating to ascertain whether any humans exposed to this horse are at risk, the Warren Times reported.

State Veterinarian Scott Marshall, DVM, did not return a call for comment.

For more information on rabies in horses see www.TheHorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=1091.  

About the Author

Erin Ryder

Erin Ryder is a former news editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care. She owns a portly gray gelding named Duncan and dabbles in several equestrian disciplines, with an emphasis on dressage.

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