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Goat in Orange County tests positive for rabies

Posted April 25, 2013

— Orange County officials on Thursday reported the fifth confirmed rabies case of the year after a goat tested positive for the virus.

The 2-month-old goat, which belonged to a small family farm in northern Orange County, died April 22 after being sick. It was sent to the state lab for testing.
Several family members and a neighbor bottle-fed the animal for several weeks before its death. Three of those people have begun rabies treatment, officials said.

A veterinarian from the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has placed six other goats on the farm under a six-month quarantine. The department wants to remind livestock owners that rabies vaccinations are now approved for horses, cattle and sheep.

Orange County recorded 12 positive rabies cases last year.


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  • STRAWBERRY LETTER 23 Apr 25, 2013

    nclgw, that's what I say too. Poor baby goat!! :-(


  • nclgw Apr 25, 2013

    Poor baby goat....

  • ripetomatoes Apr 25, 2013


    With one phone call I learned today's price at the closest vet from my farm for rabies shot for 1 goat is $20 if I transport the goat to them.

    That increases the price per pound of an 50 pound goat by 40 cents a pound, not including fuel.

    If you can sell the goat for $1 per pound, that's a 40% loss of profit.

    Unacceptable, unless your goal is to go out of business.

    Leave imagination out of it. You can lie about the numbers, but the numbers don't lie.;)

  • Obamacare survives Apr 25, 2013

    I hate bats.

  • Scubagirl Apr 25, 2013

    I would imagine that loss of goats and thereby income from selling said goats would add additional costs more than vaccinations would

  • ripetomatoes Apr 25, 2013

    Although available,livestock is not ordinarily vaccinated for rabies, since infection is rare.

    Vaccinations of livestock add additional costs at the grocery store and more chemicals to the meat we eat.

    Probably infected by a vampire bat, goat blood is their second choice after human.;)

  • Obamacare survives Apr 25, 2013

    Poor goat. :(

    Get your animals vaccinated people. It's what any responsible animal owner would do.