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Goat tests positive for rabies in Stevens County

Goat tests positive for rabies in Stevens County Photo: MGN Images

Updated: November 13, 2019 12:59 PM

The Minnesota Board of Animal Health is reminding animal owners to make sure animals are vaccinated against the rabies virus after a goat who collapsed and died in Stevens County tested positive for rabies last week.

The board reported the owner of a 4-year-old Boer goat reported the goat had been acting strangely; the goat had stopped eating, "vocalized excessively," pressed his head against objects and intermittently fell to the ground. The owner also observed the goat had developed a fever.

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A veterinarian examined the goat and treated him with antibiotic, anti-inflammatory medications and thiamine, the Minnesota Board of Animal Health stated.

Although the goat appeared to be improving after receiving medication, on the fifth day after the owner reported the goat's symptoms, the goat collapsed and died.

The board said it was unable to determine how the goat became infected with rabies.

"All dogs, cats, ferrets, and horses should be currently vaccinated against the rabies virus," the board wrote in a news release. "In the event an animal is exposed or potentially exposed, pets should receive a rabies vaccination booster within 96 hours of exposure."

The board stated this case is only the third confirmed case of goat rabies in Minnesota in the last 15 years. The other two positive cases were in Nobles County in 2013 and Morrison County in 2004.

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