Carter County, MT Quarantined for Rabies


The following is a press release from the MT Department of Livestock:

Carter County has been quarantined for rabies, effective April 24, after puppy in Carter County tested positive for the disease.

Under Montana law, counties are quarantined when rabies is diagnosed in a terrestrial animal such as a dog, cat, skunk or fox. All unvaccinated dogs, cats and ferrets in quarantined counties must be vaccinated a minimum of two weeks prior to any travel outside the quarantined county.

The incident resulted in multiple human exposures, which are being tracked by the Montana Department of Health & Human Services, and euthanasia of the dam and four pups.

Rabies is highly preventable in domestic companion animals and livestock via an inexpensive and effective vaccine. Pet owners are encouraged to keep their animals up to date on vaccinations, and should consult with their veterinarian to determine local vaccination requirements.

Anyone who is bitten or scratched by an animal should thoroughly wash the wound with soap and water and seek medical attention for the wound. Animal bites should be reported to the county health department (or County Sheriff’s office after hours) as soon as possible.

For additional information on rabies, please consult your local public health department or see:

Montana Department of Livestock

Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services

Source:  Montana Department of Livestock

Posted by Haylie Shipp


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