COPPERAS COVE — State health officials confirmed a second rabies case in the city less than 15 days after the first case was confirmed.
On Thursday, the city received confirmation from an Austin laboratory that a raccoon, which was attacked and killed by a dog on Monday in the Twin Hills Road area, had rabies, according to a news release from the Copperas Cove Police Department.
The animal attack was reported to Cove Animal Control by a local veterinarian who treated the dog after the brawl.
The veterinarian later euthanized the dog, said David Wellington, a senior animal control officer with the city.
“In cases like this, we are talking about a 45-day quarantine; it is not just your 10-day quarantine,” Wellington said.
The state requires a longer quarantine period for animals that come into contact with infected animals, he said. On May 29, animal control discovered a rabid skunk in the 100 block of West Avenue F, which the Austin laboratory confirmed June 3.
Residents who believe they or their pets have rabies — or have knowledge of a person or animal having any contact with a raccoon or other wild animal in the area — should immediately contact Copperas Cove Animal Control at (254) 547-5584 or the Copperas Cove Police Department at (254) 547-8222 after regular business hours. They also should contact a physician or veterinarian in case of exposure to the animal, the release stated.
Rabies infection is most common in bats, coyotes, raccoons, skunks and foxes, the release stated. Residents and their pets should not approach, touch or have any contact with wild animals.