Kentucky Public Health officials have confirmed a case of rabies in a horse in Pulaski County. According to Michael Auslander, DVM, MSPH, state public health veterinarian with the Kentucky Department for Public Health, the infected horse probably contracted the disease from a skunk.

Auslander is reminding owners to vaccinate their horses annually.

Rabies vaccines can be administered at any time, Auslander said, but it takes about 30 days after vaccination for horses to build immune response.

“Rabies is always a 100 percent fatal disease,” Auslander said. “The only way to prevent it is to vaccinate.”

The Horse will be hosting a free Webinar on Understanding Equine Rabies at 8:00 p.m. on Sept. 25. Steve Reed, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, of Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., will host the presentation and will be available to answer viewers’ questions live.

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