A person was exposed to rabies on post, officials announced last week.
“At this time, there is one confirmed exposure and the victim has started post-exposure rabies prophylaxis,” said Dr. John Kuczek, the officer in charge of the Fort Hood Veterinary Center.
A dark gray and white kitten attacked the Fort Hood resident May 16 outside a home on Central Drive.
Before that, a skunk was sighted during the day May 12 acting strangely in a motor pool on Motorpool Road.
The Fort Hood Veterinary Center tested and confirmed both animals were rabid, stated the release.
As a result of these instances, Public Health Command and the veterinary center said they strongly urge all residents to be aware and avoid handling wild or stray animals and ensure their pets are properly vaccinated for rabies.
“The importance of receiving appropriate medical evaluation following contact with a feral/stray animal cannot be overstated,” Kuczek said.
“If you or your pets had contact with either of these cases, please contact your local veterinarian or health care provider immediately.” No rabies cases were reported on post last year.
Meanwhile, nine rabies cases were reported in Bell County to the Texas Department of State Health Services in 2013. Of those cases, one involved a cat and five involved skunks.
Coryell County saw 26 cases in that same time period and three of those involved cats.
Fort Hood officials warned an infected animal may not show any signs or symptoms until late in the disease, often just days before its death. The animal can still spread the deadly virus while appearing completely normal.
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