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Confirmed case of horse rabies in McLennan County

MCLENNAN COUNTY - The Texas Department of State Health Services has confirmed a case of equine rabies in McLennan County from late April.

According to Christine Mann with Texas Department of State Health Services, rabies in horses does happen, but it is relatively rare compared to the number of rabies cases in other domestic animals, such as dogs, cats, and cows.

Mann says this is the first case of equine rabies in Central Texas this year. There were 7 total cases of equine rabies statewide last year.

There's no cure for rabies, the virus spreads easily through saliva and it's fatal.

That's why experts say vaccinating your horses is critical.

Windstar Farm Owner Pat Kultgen says, "I vaccinate mine because I show, but a lot of people don't because it's so rare.  If you know there's an active case close to you, you're going to want to vaccinate, so it's important to get the word out."

Dr. Tracy Kelly, a local veterinarian, says horses most commonly get rabies after being bitten rabid skunks.

She says symptoms include staggering, stumbling and difficulty eating and drinking.

If you notice any of these behaviors, call your vet. 
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