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Two Positive Rabies Cases Discovered at Fort Hood

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(KCEN) -- Fort Hood officials have confirmed that two separate cases of rabies have been identified on post, resulting in one confirmed human exposure requiring treatment.

The first case that was identified occurred on May 12. This involved a skunk that was sighted during the day and was seen acting strangely on Motorpool Road. 

The second case was that identified occurred on May 16. This involved a dark gray and white kitten. The kitten attacked a Fort Hood resident outside a home on Central Drive.

“At this time, there is one confirmed exposure and the victim has started post exposure rabies prophylaxis,” Dr. John Kuczek, the officer in charge of the Fort Hood Veterinary Center said.

As a result of these instances, residents are strongly urged to be aware and avoid handling wild or stray animals. Also, ensure your pets are vaccinated for rabies.

“The importance of receiving appropriate medical evaluation following contact with a feral/stray animal cannot be overstated,” Kuczek said. “If you or your pets had contact with either of these cases, please contact your local veterinarian or health care provider immediately.” 

An animal that is infected with rabies may not show any signs or symptoms until late in the disease, often just days before its death. The animal can, however, still spread the deadly virus while appearing completely normal.

More information on rabies can be found here.
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