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Chatham County Dog Dies From Rabies

Posted May 30, 2003

— The Chatham County Public Health Department reported Friday that a dog from the Pleasant Hill Church Road area of Chatham County has died from the rabies virus.

At least 13 people have had exposure to the dog and are receiving shot prevention treatment. Five of the exposures are family members; eight are veterinary staff.

The dog, a 5-year-old Husky mix, died Saturday at Chatham Veterinary Hospital. At the time of its death, just two months after its rabies vaccination had expired, the dog displayed clinical symptoms of rabies.

Chatham County's Animal Control Division received verification that the dog was positive for rabies Tuesday from the State Laboratory.

The owner had taken the dog to the veterinary hospital because it had stopped eating and drinking.

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