Rabies in Several States Prompts Vaccination Warnings

In a brief survey of online news, there have been reports of rabies in Florida, Idaho, Kentucky, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Missouri, New Hampshire, and Texas this year. Many of these reports were humans encountering rabid wild animals that were captured and subsequently tested positive.

The reports of animals found positive to rabies testing in these states included bats, skunks, foxes, cats, and dogs.

Any mammal can get rabies, including humans. The disease is 100% deadly in any species once the animal starts showing signs of disease.

The American Association of Equine Practitioners includes rabies as one of the core vaccines in their vaccination recommendations. (See a related article on the vaccination guidelines at TheHorse.com.)

Veterinarians warn that if you see your horse seemingly choking, acting aggressively, or seeming to be neurologic, consider rabies as one of the possible diagnoses and work around the horse accordingly. Call your veterinarian immediately.

There are protective rabies vaccines for horses. Ask your veterinarian.

Editor's Note: Make sure to sign up to watch TheHorse.com's educational free Webinar on rabies to be presented as part of World Rabies Day. The Webinar will take place on Sept. 28 at 8 pm EDT. The rabies Webinar is sponsored by Intervet/Shering-Plough Animal Health . Register today at TheHorse.com's video page; click on the Webinar tab and follow the sign-up instructions.

About the Author

Kimberly S. Brown

Kimberly S. Brown was the Publisher/Editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care from June 2008 to March 2010, and she served in various positions at Blood-Horse Publications since 1980.

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