Officials urge caution following rabies outbreak

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Tonjia Rolan A rabies outbreak in Eddy County has state and local health officials across eastern New Mexico urging caution. While there are no confirmed cases in Curry or Roosevelt counties so far this year, the outbreak may be related to drought conditions, according to State Public Health Veterinarian Paul Ettestad. “Drought conditions are driving [...]

Nine residents to receive rabies shots

PNT staff reports The New Mexico Department of Health is warning pet and livestock owners in Roosevelt County and the surrounding area to make sure their dogs, cats, horses and other valuable livestock get vaccinated against rabies after an unvaccinated pet dog from near Portales was attacked by an aggressive acting skunk in early July. [...]

Wildlife experts advise caution with skunks

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer A skunk can be a very brazen animal and make someone have a bad day. Aside from the nuisance should one get sprayed, skunks are notorious carriers of rabies. Eastern New Mexico University experts — Wildlife Biologists Zach Jones and Tony Gennaro — offer these insights into skunks, rabies [...]

Rabid skunk reported in Curry County

Freedom New Mexico The first rabies report in Curry County for the year was reported today by the New Mexico Department of Health. A rabid skunk bit an unvaccinated dog, then died, a press release said. The dog will euthanized to prevent it from developing rabies and potentially exposing other animals and people, a press [...]

Residents urged to be cautious of rabies in animals

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Reporter The number of confirmed rabies cases in New Mexico has risen over the past three years, increasing the need for awareness and keeping

State official frets over possibility of rabies

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Two recent encounters between skunks and dogs in Roosevelt County have a state official concerned about the possible spread of rabies. Both skunks involved in fights with dogs were tested. The results on one skunk were inconclusive and the other was negative, according to Carol Morgan, a nurse with [...]

More horse owners considering rabies shots

By William P. Thompson PNT Staff Writer William_Thompson@link.freedom.com Following a documented case of rabies in a Lea County horse earlier this month, area veterinarians are encouraging horse owners to get their horses vaccinated. So far, officials from the New Mexico Department of Public Health say the horse in Lea County is the only known rabies [...]

Officials doubt exposure to rabies

Kevin Wilson State health officials say a few Eastern New Mexico University students may have been exposed to rabies last week, but it’s unlikely any will become the state’s first reported human case in 48 years. Dr. Paul Ettestad, a public health veterinarian with the New Mexico Department of Health, said he was notified of [...]