A bull dog from Washington, DC that was seen at the Cherrydale Veterinary Clinic in Arlington County, has died of rabies, the District of Columbia Department of Public Health reports.
The dog was seen at the veterinary clinic on Sat., July 8 between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. and again on Fri., July 14, from 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Arlington County Public Health Division (ACPHD) is working closely with staff at the clinic to identify and contact those people and their pets who may have been exposed to the bulldog there on July 8 and July 14 during the specified times.
If you believe you or your animal may have had contact with this dog at the veterinary clinic on those days and times, please contact ACPHD at (703) 228-5200, option #1, and ask for the nurse of the day. Those who had no physical contact with the bulldog are not at risk.
Rabies most commonly is spread from having direct contact with the saliva of a rabid animal. Those with potential exposure can be treated with human rabies immunoglobulin and rabies vaccinations to prevent rabies symptoms.
Once a person develops symptoms, there is no effective treatment and the disease is fatal. However, if the rabies vaccine is given before symptoms develop, this will effectively prevent rabies in a person exposed.
If you have questions or believe that you or your pet may have been exposed, call (703) 228-5200 Option #1 and ask for the Nurse of the Day during business hours (Monday – Friday 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.) After hours call, (703) 228-5645 and leave a message with your name and phone number and your call will be returned within 2 hours.
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