Louisiana Dog, Horse Positive for Rabies

For the first time in nearly 10 years, rabies has been found in a dog in Louisiana, state Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Bob Odom said in a news release.

The dog was in Jefferson Davis Parish; the disease also was found in a horse in neighboring Vermilion Parish.

Veterinarians do not know how the animals got the virus. According to the statement, the dog case was confirmed by the Louisiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory.

"These new rabies cases should serve as a reminder to animal owners that they must be vigilant in vaccinating their animals for rabies," Odom said. "If your animals are not kept up-to-date on their vaccinations you are putting your animal, as well as yourself, at risk."

Any mammal can get the virus, which is usually transmitted by a bite. Incubation can range from 10 to 200 days after exposure; symptoms can include aggression, increased salivation, disorientation and eventual paralysis, the news release said.

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