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Rabid dog picked up in Lorena, spent time at Waco shelter

LORENA, TX (KXXV) - A case of rabies has been confirmed in a dog that was picked up in Lorena and died after becoming ill in the Waco Animal Shelter.

The stray dog was picked up in Lorena, in the 200 block of S. Front St. on March 11. Officials say it could have been infectious as early as March 6. The dog died on March 17, after becoming ill at the shelter.

There have been no known human exposures to the rabid dog at this time. The dog is described as a 2-year-old, female Lab/Pyrenees mix, with white and brown streaks.

"We don't wait and see what the symptoms are. If you think you have been exposed to any animal, even if we don't know for sure if they have rabies. We begin the process of preventative vaccination," Waco-McLennan County Public Health District spokesperson Kelly Craine said. "If you are not sure it is important to see your doctor or provider because it is a physician that can diagnose that."

Rabies can only be transmitted through the bite of an infectious animal or if a rabid animal's saliva makes contact with a fresh wound or in your mouth. Health officials say this is the second case of rabies found this year after 23 cases were reported in 2013.

This is the first case of a rabies found in a dog in three years. Health officials say cases involved with stray dogs and cats should cause residents to stay on high alert.

"Don't pick up or play with any stray dogs. We know about wild animals like raccoons and skunks and opossums and things like that, but stray animals whether they are a cat or a dog may be very friendly but it is important that you call your local animal control officer to take care of the animal," Craine said.

Anyone who feels they have been exposed to the dog should seek medical evaluation to determine if preventative action is needed.
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