Houston County Dog Tests Positive for Rabies

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Updated: Fri, 31 May 2013 10:07:01 EST

A Houston County pit bull has tested positive for rabies. Carla Coley with the North Central Health District tells WGXA they were notified about the incident following a dog bite involving the pit bull. The dog was euthanized and tested for rabies, which came back positive. According to Coley, the dog was a stray animal and very friendly and frequented the Shamrock Circle and Dunbar Road areas. Officials are concerned that many people may have handled the dog which was described as brown and white. Anyone who may have been bitten or have come in contact with the dog's saliva should contact their physician immediately. Environmentalists from Houston County are going into the neighborhood with fliers to make sure area residents are notified. Christine Buffington, Environmental Health Manager for the Houston County Health Department, tells WGXA, “It is extremely unusual to see a domestic animal test positive for rabies. Typically we see rabies more so in wild animals. Our main request is for any person who may have come in contact with this dog to contact their physician and any animal who may have been exposed be vaccinated. We have been told that this dog was previously friendly and wandered the neighborhood. Because of this, there is a strong possibility that many people had contact with this animal.”

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