Brown County Rabies Alert

Published 06/12 2014 06:30PM

Updated 06/12 2014 06:34PM

The Brownwood Police Department and Brown County Sheriff’s Office ask that all citizens of Brown County exercise caution when coming into contact with stray or wild animals. This year, Brown County has seen an increase in animals which have tested positive for Rabies

Anyone who encounters wild animals should use caution around them and carefully observe (monitor) any pets that may have been exposed. If you counter an animal you suspect to be rabid, you should avoid it and contact the Law Enforcement Center at 325-646-2525.

Physical contact, such as bites or scratches, may lead to exposure to rabies. Furthermore, infected animals can transmit the rabies virus prior to the onset of visible symptoms. Remember, rabies is fatal if left untreated. Humans who have been bitten or scratched by a rabid animal must have a series of shots to prevent becoming infected.

The first line of defense against human infection is the vaccination of all cats and dogs. This is required by state law. We urge all pet owners to have their animals vaccinated and to keep vaccinations up to date. Please see your veterinarian for more information on rabies vaccinations.

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