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Rabies Case Confirmed Within Abilene City Limits

The City of Abilene’s Animal Services division announced today that there is a positive case of rabies in a raccoon found in South Abilene on Muirfield Street. The specimen was confirmed by the Texas Department of State Health Services. No domestic animals were involved.
The City of Abilene’s Animal Services division announced today that there is a positive case of rabies in a raccoon found in South Abilene on Muirfield Street. The specimen was confirmed by the Texas Department of State Health Services. No domestic animals were involved.

Animal Services recommends the following tips to help alleviate the potential danger of rabies:

1. Immunize all dogs and cats over the age of four months.

2. Keep all pets confined in a secure enclosure or on a leash while walking.

3. Immediately report any wild animals exhibiting unusual behavior.

Rabies is a virus disease of the central nervous system. It can be transmitted by the bite of a rabid animal or through the saliva of a rabid animal being introduced into a fresh scratch or similar skin break and rarely by other routes. Saliva in contact with unbroken skin or even on a scratch wound over 24 hours old (one where a scab has formed) usually won’t require anti-rabies treatment. You should immediately see a doctor if you have been bitten and think the animal could be rabid.

In case of contact with a potentially rabid animal in city limits, contact: Animal Services: 325-698-0085 (regular hours) or 325-673-8331 (after hours).
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