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    11Dec2011: The New Mexico Department of Health is warning pet and livestock owners in Carlsbad and surrounding areas of Eddy County to make sure their dogs, cats, horses and other valuable livestock get vaccinated against rabies after 3 skunks tested positive for rabies in the last week. Five unvaccinated pet dogs that were bitten by the rabid skunks were euthanized to protect family members from potential rabies exposure. No known human exposures to the rabid skunks occurred. There have been 7 rabid skunks and one rabid horse in Eddy County so far in 2011...

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    New Mexico - Eddy County: 12 people under rabies treatment, 32 dogs euthanized

    32 dogs euthanized for rabies exposure

    12-people under rabies treatment in Eddy County

    Updated: Thursday, 01 Mar 2012, 6:08 PM MST
    Published : Thursday, 01 Mar 2012, 6:08 PM MST

    Gabrielle Burkhart

    CARLSBAD, N.M. (KRQE) - A deadly disease is spreading like wildfire across one part of the state.

    At least 32 pet dogs had to be euthanized because they were exposed to rabies in Eddy County. Twelve people also had to be treated after they were exposed.

    It's a shot that's over in seconds, and local vets in Eddy County have recently been administering them by the hundreds. This, after a recent rabies outbreak in the County.

    At Desert Willow Veterinary Services in Carlsbad it's $10 to vaccinate a horse for rabies.

    "A horse to me is no different than a dog or a cat or sometimes even my kids," said horse owner Raynell Rogers. "It's a cheap investment for a big investment you have on an animal."

    The Department of Health reports at least 32 dogs as well as a cat and even sheep have been put down since December because of rabies exposure.

    During that same period 22 skunks, a fox and a dog tested positive for the disease.



    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Aimee Barabe
    February 29, 2012 Cell: 505-470-2290

    Thirty-two Carlsbad Dogs Euthanized Due to Rabies Exposures
    Deaths could have been prevented with proper vaccination

    (Santa Fe) – The New Mexico Department of Health is reporting that 32 pet dogs from the Carlsbad area have been euthanized since December 2011 because they were exposed to known rabid animals and were not vaccinated against rabies. With the exception of puppies that were too young to be fully vaccinated, all of these deaths could have been prevented. Rabies vaccination of dogs and cats is mandated by state law.

    In addition to dogs, a number of livestock and at least one cat have also been euthanized due to rabies exposures. Unvaccinated pets put people, especially children, at greater risk of being exposed to this fatal disease. Since January 1, 2012, a total of 12 people from Eddy county have received rabies post exposure prophylaxis.

    “The needless deaths of family pets emphasizes how important it is for them to be vaccinated against rabies,” said Dr. Catherine Torres, Cabinet Secretary for Department of Health. “Not only does vaccination prevent your pet from getting rabies, it also protects your children, family, and community. Unvaccinated pets can be exposed to a rabid wild animal and bring a very dangerous and fatal disease into your home.”
    Eddy County is currently experiencing an animal rabies outbreak. Since December 2011, twenty-two skunks, one dog, and one fox have tested positive for rabies in the Carlsbad area.

    “This is one of the most concentrated outbreaks of rabies that has been seen in New Mexico for decades, “ said Dr. Paul Ettestad, the Department of Health’s public health veterinarian. “Everyone should encourage their family and their neighbors to have their pets vaccinated against rabies to protect their community.”

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      Re: New Mexico - Eddy County: 12 people under rabies treatment, 32 dogs euthanized


      Rabies outbreak suspends Feral Cat Program
      By Matlin Smith
      Current-Argus Staff
      Posted: 04/14/2012 11:54:21 PM MDT

      CARLSBAD — Due to the danger posed by the current rabies outbreak in Carlsbad, the Noah's Ark Animal Shelter Board of Directors has decided to temporarily suspend the Feral Cat Program, officials said last week.

      Volunteers with the program trap feral cats in Carlsbad, vaccinate, spay/neuter and release the animals back into the wild.

      Recently, volunteers with the program trapped a rabid skunk in one of their cat traps and determined that the skunk had tangled with a group of more than 20 stray cats near a residence in the 2400 block of Primrose Street.

      Carlsbad Police Department Lt. Jennifer Moyers said Wednesday most of the cats in that area have been trapped and animal control officers are still attempting to trap the remaining three cats in the group.

      A rabid skunk was also observed with a group of more than 10 feral cats on Canal Street. Moyers said Wednesday that seven of the cats have been trapped and animal control officers continue to trap in that area...


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        Re: New Mexico - 2012 Rabies outbreaks- spreading


        Rabies outbreak spreads in New Mexico
        Logan Hawkes
        May 10, 2012 1:06pm

        Curry, Mora County incidents raise state’s confirmed rabies cases to 32
        Considered the worst rabies outbreak in New Mexico in many years
        The threat of rabies is more widespread and growing.

        In spite of an aggressive rabies vaccination campaign in southern New Mexico, reports of new cases continue to filter in from across the state, most recently in Curry and Mora counties, raising the number of confirmed cases this year to 32...


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          Rabies outbreak continues in Carlsbad
          Ben Gibson

          Posted: 09/06/2012 11:43:58 PM MDT

          The county's year long battle against rabies continues as the New Mexico Department of Health has confirmed the first two cases since June in a pair of animals this week. Along with two confirmed cases of rabies, a third potential case has Carlsbad's animal control reminding people to be wary around unfamiliar animals...


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            Re: New Mexico - 2012 Rabies outbreaks- spreading


            Eddy County facing rabies outbreak
            Updated: Monday, 05 Nov 2012, 5:14 PM MST
            Published : Monday, 05 Nov 2012, 5:14 PM MST
            Kim Vallez

            EDDY COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) - The rabies outbreak in Eddy County has taken a scary turn after an infected fox attacked a man, but it was not done yet.

            It then went after four small dogs.

            Carlsbad is experiencing its worst rabies outbreak ever...