Rabid animals continue to be a problem in Central Texas. It is that time of year.  That why veterinarians say it is so important to have the family pets vaccinated, just in case they make contact with these wild rabid animals.

 

Last week, a rabid fox was found on Fort Hood in the vicinity of the LV Phantom area and building 53905 near Clarke Road.

 

At first they thought the fox was hurt, it was taken to the Fort Hood VETCEN where it began showing signs of rabies.  The fox was euthanized, the remains sent away for testing and they came back positive for rabies.

 

This is the third identified case of rabies on Fort Hood since May 12. The first case involved a skunk that was sighted during daylight hours acting strangely in a motor pool. The second case, on May 16, involved a dark gray and white kitten that attacked a Fort Hood resident outside a home on Central Drive.

 

Public Health Command and the Fort Hood Veterinary Center strongly urge all Fort Hood Soldiers, civilians, contractors and residents to stay away from  wild or stray animals.

DON’T TOUCH THEM!

 

If you notice any wildlife or stray animals acting strange or aggressive, contact the Military Police at (254) 287-4001.

 

Dr. John Kuczek, officer in charge of the Fort Hood VETCEN advises, “If you or your pets make contact with a stray animal or wildlife, contact your local veterinarian or health care provider immediately. Rabies is a deadly disease and currently present in this area.  Please remain diligent for the health and safety of you and your family,”

 

If caught soon after exposure, rabies can be prevented with appropriate treatment, including a series of vaccinations. Once symptoms occur, however, death is almost always certain.

 

Get more rabies information by visiting these Web sites:  www.cdc.gov/rabies or http://phc.amedd.army.mil/topics/discond/aid/Pages/Rabies.aspx