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Animal rabies confirmed in Gordon County horse

April 2, 2019--10:57 a.m.

GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH

The Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District has confirmed a case of animal rabies in a horse in Gordon County.

The horse has been euthanized, and persons directly involved in the care of the horse are receiving rabies post-exposure treatment.

Rabies exposure in horses is less common than in other domestic animals, but prevention through vaccination is highly effective and highly recommended. Horse owners should consult with their vet for more information.

Rabies is a deadly virus that is always circulating in our wild animal population and can spill over into our domestic animal population, including horses. Getting your pet or horse vaccinated is the single best way to protect it from rabies.

For more information, contact your local county health department or your veterinarian.