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OC Reports Fifth Positive Rabies Case

ORANGE COUNTY – Lab results of a dead two-month-old goat were returned positive for the fifth case in 2013 of rabies in Orange County, according to Animal Services.

The goat lived on a small family farm in northern Orange County and was being treated for various possible illnesses in March and April. The animal was even bottle-fed in the attempt to nurse it back to health.

Post-exposure prophylaxis has been administered to at least three people in the family through the Orange County Health Department. The remaining six goats on the farm have been placed under a six-month quarantine for observation. The family’s dog and cat did not have to receive any treatment as they were not exposed to the animal.

In 2012, 12 positive rabies cases were reported.

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