Humane society warns about rabies outbreak

Residents concerned with rabies spike
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

CARUTHERSVILLE, MO (KAIT) - A local humane society is concerned about a potentially deadly rabies virus that struck a nearby county.

Several dogs had to be put down because of the outbreak in Howell County, Missouri.

Now 32 people, including children, are going through post-exposure rabies treatment.

The Caruthersville Humane Society has been following the rabies outbreak in Howell County.

Director Karol Wilcox said it's not common to have a large rabies outbreak in their area.

She has recently heard of rabbits, bats and skunks having rabies in the surrounding areas, though.

Wilcox wants to prevent the outbreak from spreading to the town she serves.

"Rabies is a big deal," Wilcox said. " It can be deadly. A simple vaccination will end the chance of their dog getting rabies or spreading rabies."

She said many people think the vaccination is costly, but it is not.

"It's $10 to $20 at most vets to get a rabies shot," Wilcox said. "They are good for a year. We wouldn't hear about an outbreak if people would vaccinate. Many cities and counties have laws. It's just difficult to enforce."

Wilcox said anyone who needs more information on vaccinations can call the humane society at (573) 359-0113.

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