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Two rabies cases reported in Houston County

In one case, the animal attacked the homeowner.
Houston County's first and second cases of rabies have been reported in a news release from the Houston County Health Department.

A raccoon found at a residence on Gilley Mill Road in Webb and a fox on Gray Hodgges Road in Dothan were both found and tested to be positive for the disease.

According to the investigation, the homeowner in the first case found a raccoon fighting with his dogs. There was no known human exposure however the dogs involved are not currently vaccinated for the rabies virus. 

In the second case, the homeowner was attacked by the fox and there was possible contact with some of the homeowner's livestock. 

Residents are advised to take the following precuations:

1.  Make sure your pets are current on their rabies vaccinations.
2.  Caution children not to pet or play with wild or stray animals.
3.  Report stray animals to animal control officials immediately.
4.  If bitten by an animal, wash the wound with soap and water then immediately seek medical attention and report the bite to the health department or animal control officers.

Alabama law requires all dogs and cats three months of age and older to be vaccinated against rabies. In 2013, there were five rabid animals found in Houston County according to health department officials. Four cases involved raccoons and another case involved a bat.
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