The Texas Department of State Health Services and Abilene-Taylor County Public Health District are searching for anyone who came into contact with a rabid husky dog within the last three weeks. The rabid dog was potentially at the Abilene Dog Park from April 18 -28th with his owner. The owner and his dog were also at the Pappy Slokum Brewery on April 21st from 3:00-6:00 PM.
Anyone who came into contact with the rabid dog should contact the Abilene-Taylor County Public Health District at 325-692-5600 or their health care provider to determine whether they should receive treatment.
Rabies is a viral illness that can be transmitted to humans through an infected animal’s saliva. The illness can be prevented with treatment before symptoms begin. However, once a person has symptoms, the disease is almost always fatal.
For general rabies information or concerns, people should contact their local health department or DSHS regional office. DSHS reminds people to avoid contact with wild animals and have pets vaccinated against rabies as required by law. Anyone bitten by an animal should:
- Quickly and thoroughly wash the bite with soap and water, rinse it well, and put an antiseptic on it to kill germs.
- Report the bite to animal control so the animal may be placed in rabies observation or submitted for rabies testing.
- See a doctor as soon as possible so the doctor can decide if vaccinations to prevent rabies are needed.
More information on the possible exposures is available at http:www.abilenetx.gov/health.