Monday, March 15, 2010

Rabies in Michigan

The Michigan Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) State
Veterinarian Dr. Steven Halstead today urged Michigan citizens to be
pro-active and have their pets and livestock vaccinated against rabies
and other diseases after confirmation that a horse in Lapeer County
tested positive for rabies.

"It is essential pet and livestock owners take steps to vaccinate
against rabies and other diseases because of the possibility human
exposure to the disease from interaction with infected horses, cattle,
dogs, and cats," Dr. Halstead said. “By working with their veterinarian, owners can take significant steps toward providing a safe and healthy environment for their families and animals."

This is the third case of rabies in Michigan this year. A skunk
in St. Clair County and a bat in Kent County have tested positive.
Please be sure your dogs, cats and horses are all vaccinated.


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