Kansas Horse Positive for Rabies

A horse in Kansas has tested positive for rabies, according to an article from the Clay Center Dispatch that was circulated via Pro-MED, a program of the International Society for Infectious Diseases.

The equine case is the second report of rabies in Clay County so far this year. The horse's owners and other people with potential exposure are undergoing rabies vaccination as a precaution. No further information was available.

The American Association of Equine Practitioners includes rabies as a core vaccine in its vaccination guidelines. Vaccination of domestic animals, including horses and other livestock, is an important part of preventing human exposure to the virus.

"I recommend every dog, cat, and horse owner to contact their veterinarian about rabies vaccination," Dana Rickley, Clay County health administrator, was quoted as saying. "Sometimes we forget that a rabies vaccination is not a once in a lifetime event for our animals, they need periodic boosters to stay safe from the virus."

Kansas has reported a total of 38 rabid animals in 2009, including skunks, dogs, cows, one bobcat, one fox, and one raccoon.

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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