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First Rabies Exposure in the Panhandle Prompts Warning

The way the girl was attacked prompted Dr. Guy Ellis to test the animal for rabies. The way the girl was attacked prompted Dr. Guy Ellis to test the animal for rabies.
"Sometimes with a rabid animal just a lil bit of provoking will set it off," says Dr. Ellis "Sometimes with a rabid animal just a lil bit of provoking will set it off," says Dr. Ellis

The year's first case of rabies exposure has been confirmed in the panhandle and now health officials are extending a rabies warning across the region.

Newschannel10's Tina Berasley reports on this case out of Donley county. An unidentified young girl living just outside Clarendon was reportedly bit and scratched 23 times by a stray cat she was playing with, according to one local vet. The concerned family was told to carefully capture the cat and bring it to the Clarendon veterinary hospital.

Just days later the animal was confirmed to have the deadly disease, and doctors started the girl on rabies treatment right away. The way the girl was attacked prompted Dr. Guy Ellis to test the animal for rabies.

"The viciousness of the attack. It didn't just bite her and run off it just attacked her, even though it was more or less provoked. But sometimes with a rabid animal just a lil bit of provoking will set it off," says Dr. Ellis

The Department of State Health Services is now asking parents to use common sense and keep children away from stray animals in our area. If your child is attacked you should always report a bite, and keep track of the animal until help can arrive.

We are told there have been 3 other cases of confirmed rabies so far this year in our area, but this is the first one where an infected animal had any contact with a human. 
   

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