Health Officials Report Rabies Case In Eddy County

POSTED: 02:52 AM MDT Sep 07, 2011    UPDATED: 05:01 AM MDT Aug 19, 2011 
ARTESIA, N.M. -

The New Mexico Department of Health is warning pet and livestock owners in Eddy County and the surrounding area to make sure their dogs, cats, horses and other valuable livestock are vaccinated against rabies.

Recently an unvaccinated horse near Artesia tested positive for the disease. The horse began showing signs of rabies two days before it was euthanized at a veterinary hospital.

Health officials told the Carlsbad Current-Argus that family members and veterinary staff were exposed to the rabid horse's infectious saliva. Three people in New Mexico and several veterinary staff in Texas have been identified and will need to receive rabies vaccines to prevent them from developing rabies.