DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -- Houston County’s fifth case of animal rabies in 2017 has been confirmed by the Houston County Health Department. A raccoon found November 3, 2017, on Aberdeen Road in Dothan, Alabama, has been tested and found to be positive for the disease.
According to a health department investigation, a resident’s dog fought and killed a raccoon in their yard. The resident requested the health department test the raccoon for rabies. There was no known human exposure and the dog involved is currently vaccinated against the rabies virus.
Residents of the area are advised to take the following precautions:
1) Make sure your pets are current on their rabies vaccinations.
2) Caution children not to pet or play with wild or stray animals.
3) Report stray animals to animal control officers.
4) If bitten by an animal, wash the wound with soap and water then immediately seek medical attention and report the bite to the health department or animal control officials.
Alabama State Law requires all dogs and cats three months of age and older to be vaccinated against rabies. In 2016, there were seventeen rabid animals found in Houston County. They included fourteen raccoons and three foxes.