Rabid cow confirmed by AR Dept. of Health

KINGSTON, AR (KAIT) - A cow found dead last week near Kingston, AR in Madison County has tested positive for rabies.

The Arkansas Department of Health confirmed the finding Tuesday.

In a news release, the ADH states skunks are more likely to have rabies, but in 2012 three cows were infected with the disease.

This was the first cow reported to have rabies in 2013. However, 14 skunks and one dog have tested positive for rabies so far this year.

Here are some tips from the ADH to help protect yourself from rabies:

  • Be sure your dogs and cats are up-to-date on their rabies vaccinations
  • Do not feed, touch or adopt wild animals
  • Keep family pets indoors at night
  • Bat-proof your home or summer camp in the fall or winter (The majority of human rabies cases are caused by bat bites.)
  • Encourage children to immediately tell an adult if any animal bites them
  • Teach children to avoid wildlife, strays and all other animals they do not know well
Report any possible sightings of rabid animals to your local health office.

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