May 6, 2022

State of Alabama
Press Release: Public Health, Alabama Department of

Dog in Autauga County tests positive for rabies; pet vaccination urged

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Dee W. Jones, D.V.M., (334) 206-5969

The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) has confirmed that a rabid dog in Autauga County near County Road 81, formerly known as Houser-Goodson Road, and County Road 57 has bitten a resident. The general vicinity is north of the Booth Community and south of the Posey Crossroads Community.

This incident occurred several miles west of the area where a rabies-positive fox was confirmed last week near Wood Valley Ridge off Highway 31 North between Prattville and the Interstate 65 – Exit 186 interchange. The dog had been seen by homeowners occasionally, but was not tame enough to pet or capture. The dog bite occurred on the victim’s porch steps after the dog exhibited some aggression to the residents as well as their pets. The dog was subsequently euthanized and tested, and the individual is seeking medical attention.

According to Dr. Dee W. Jones, State Public Health Veterinarian, "This should be a stern reminder that all pets should be properly vaccinated against rabies, given the circumstances of two rabid animals now in the same general area." He adds, "It is not unusual to see clusters of rabies cases in wild animals and strays during this time of year.”

It is very common for domestic animals and pets to have contact with a wild rabid animal. Alabama state law requires that dogs, cats and ferrets 12 weeks of age and older be current with rabies vaccination. Rabies vaccines are also available for horses and other livestock if recommended by a veterinarian. Vaccinating animals reduces the risk of rabies infection should an exposure occur; thus, vaccinations help protect animals, as well as their owners and caretakers.

Rabies prevention is multifaceted. It involves people taking precautions with wildlife, making sure their pets are current on rabies vaccinations, and always reporting an animal bite or other exposure to their medical provider or ADPH. In addition to vaccination, area residents are advised to take the following precautions to avoid possible exposure to rabies:

  • Do not allow pets to run loose; confine them within a fenced-in area or with a leash.
  • Do not leave uneaten pet food or scraps near your residence.
  • Do not illegally feed or keep wildlife as pets.
  • Do not go near wildlife or domestic animals that are acting in a strange or unusual manner.
  • Caution children not to go near any stray or wild animal, regardless of its behavior.

ADPH is working with local veterinarians and the county rabies officer to get animals vaccinated. Dr. Allison Trotter, Autauga County rabies officer, will be holding reduced fee vaccinations on Saturday, May 7, at various locations throughout Autauga County. The fee for rabies vaccination is $12 per animal. For specific locations and times, please contact her at (334) 365-7543.

For more information about rabies and prevention, please contact ADPH at (334) 206-5969 or visit alabamapublichealth.gov/infectiousdiseases/rabies.html

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