Third case of rabies found in Houston County this year

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HOUSTON COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — The Houston County Health Department confirmed another case of rabies Monday afternoon.

Last Friday, a resident on South County Road 75 killed a raccoon and asked for it to be tested for the disease. The animal ended up testing positive.

According to the health department, “there was no known human exposure or animal exposure.”

To protect yourself from potential exposure, the health department provides the following guidelines:

  • Make sure pet vaccinations are updated. All dogs and cats older than three months of age are required by law to be vaccinated.
  • Warn children not to play with wild or stray animals.
  • Report stray animals to animal control.
  • If bitten by an animal, wash the wound with soap and water and seek medical care immediately. Report the incident to the health department or animal control.

According to the health department, all three confirmed cases of the disease were found in raccoons.

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