State officials have asked NewsChannel 11 to alert the public to a serious health concern. The state says up to 250 people from Texas and surrounding states may have been exposed to rabies. A horse at the Scurry County Rodeo, July 16th through the 18th, died and later tested positive for rabies.
If you participated in that rodeo and came into contact with the horses please call the Texas Department of State Health Services (512) 458-7255
Texas Department of State Health Services
August 13, 2009
DSHS Issues Rabies Alert
Public health officials in Texas are asking anyone who may have come in contact with a certain horse at the Scurry County Rodeo, held in mid-July in Snyder, to contact a doctor or call the Texas Department of State Health Services at (512) 458-7255 to determine if they need to receive treatment to prevent rabies.
More than 250 contestants from Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas participated in the rodeo.
The horse was at the rodeo July 16-18. It became ill July 28, died July 30 and tested positive for rabies on Aug. 5. The horse was not in any rodeo ceremonies or events and was in a stall the entire time. Officials say it is highly unlikely, but possible, that the horse was capable of transmitting the rabies virus while at the rodeo arena.
But they also say they are taking no chances because rabies is almost always fatal once symptoms develop.
The horse stood 14 hands tall and was a 6-year-old sorrel quarter horse mare with white rear stockings and a white star on her forehead. The horse was in the fourth stall from the south end of a row of stalls on the west side of the arena grounds in a parking area reserved for contestants. Adjoining stalls were empty. The arena is on Gary Brewer Road in Snyder.
Health officials say transmission could have occurred if the horse bit anyone or if saliva from the horse got in an open wound or cut or in the eyes or nose of a person.
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