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Hale County has not had a single positive rabies case in more than 10 years and the region has reports of more rabies cases in 2019 than all of 2018.
The Plainview/Hale County Health Department would like to remind citizens to be aware of possible signs and symptoms and how to avoid animals who might be infected.
Citizens may be infected with the rabies virus if bitten by an animal that has the disease. Rabies are also transmitted from saliva from a rabid animal that gets in the eyes, nose, or mouth, saliva from fingers that then touch a face and saliva of a rabid animal that makes contact with open cuts on the skin. If contact is made with a rabid animal, a series of injections (shots) can help those bitten from getting the disease. For this treatment to work well, it must be given soon after contact with the rabid animal.
Signs of rabies include:
If a pet is infected with the rabies virus, the way it acts may change. A friendly dog might want to be alone. A shy dog might want attention. Rabid dogs often become mean, roam, make strange noises and attack people and other animals. Rabid animals may drool, and they sometimes swallow stones, sticks, or other things.
Later, as the rabid animal gets even sicker, it might have trouble chewing, swallowing, drinking or walking. It may not be able to close its mouth, and may appear to be choking. Never try to clear the throat of an animal with these signs. If you see an animal acting this way, contact the local animal control agency right away.
If you are bitten:
How to prevent rabies
If you suspect an animal has rabies and you live inside the Plainview City limits, contact Animal Control at 806-296-1158. If you live in the County, contact the Sheriff’s office at 806-296-2724.
Tips provided from https://dshs.texas.gov/idcu/disease/rabies/information/pamphlet/.