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Dog tests positive for rabies after biting person


Released by the George T. Roberts, Jr. with the Northeast Texas Public Health District:

TROUP, TX - A rabid dog has been reported in Smith County.  On Tuesday, March 23, 2010, the Texas Department of State Health Service advised Northeast Texas Public Health District that a dog submitted for analysis tested positive for rabies.  The dog was in the 20000 block of CR 2162, Troup TX 75789.  The known individuals with possible exposure have been identified and addressed.  Post-exposure vaccines are being administered to the bite victim and other people having contact with the dog, a 7 month old terrier mix.  The dog had not been vaccinated against rabies.

This is the first laboratory confirmed case of rabies in Smith County. This makes the first rabid domestic dog found in Smith County this year.   

Smith County Rabies Control Authority advises all citizens to confirm that their dogs and cats are currently vaccinated for rabies.  Citizens are advised not to handle bats, skunks, raccoons, or other wild animals.  It is important for children to tell their parents of any contact with wild animals or any sick animals.

Anyone who knows of a person being bitten by an animal must report the bite incident to the Smith County Rabies Control Authority for proper investigation.

City of Tyler Ordinance and Smith County Ordinance require annual rabies vaccinations for all dogs and cats between the third and fourth month of age with an annual vaccination each year on the anniversary.   Preventive immunization for rabies is the only effective defense against this always fatal disease.

Anyone with questions on rabies control may contact City of Tyler Animal Control at 903-535-0037.

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