Donkey Bite Prompts Rabies Warning

By Brennan Leathers, The Post-Searchlight

ince the first of the year, the Decatur County Health Department is investigating two positive cases of rabies, including one highly unusual infection of a donkey, said Decatur County Health Department Environmental Health Specialist Ansley Johnson.

“We know rabies is in the wild animal population, so we are not surprised to see positive cases now and then,” Johnson said. “All mammals are vulnerable to rabies, including horses, goats and cattle. But generally when we see exposures in domestic animals they are in pet dogs and cats. This is the first time we’ve seen a donkey with rabies in the district.”

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