Pima County Cow Rabies Death Confirmed

Rabies cell [Photo from CDC]

The Arizona Department of Agriculture is issuing a warning after a deceased cow in the Pima County area tested positive for the rabies disease.

Arizona citizens are encouraged to be diligent in protecting themselves and their families against rabies.

“As part of our mission in protecting the public, we want to ensure the public has all the available information to protect themselves, their pets and their families,” said Mark Killian, Director, Arizona Department of Agriculture.

Here are preventative measures for safety:

1) Ensure pets are current on their rabies vaccine and properly tagged. Call your local veterinarian or the Santa Cruz County Animal Care and Control Services at (520)761-7860 for more information.

2) Discuss rabies vaccinations for your livestock, including horses, with your local veterinarian. Any recent unexplained deaths that may have occurred on your farm, ranch or property should be reported to your veterinarian or the State Veterinarian’s Office (602-542-4293).

3) Keep pets on a leash when outside a fenced yard. This will keep them safe.

4) Do not attempt to feed, approach, or touch wild animals. Do not shoot healthy appearing animals merely due to this warning. If you see a wild animal acting abnormally* report it to Arizona Game & Fish Department officials at (623)237-7201.
Hunters should wear rubber gloves when skinning any wild animal, even if the animal appears healthy.

5) Do not trap and relocate skunks. This could spread rabies to other areas.

6) If you are bitten by an animal: wash the exposed site immediately with soap and water and seek medical care. Report the bite to the local animal control or public health officials.

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1 Comment

  1. Don’t bother reporting unexplained wild animal deaths to Oro Valley officials – they will ignore the report.
    Two months have passed since an apparently healthy coyote died along the side of a OV subdivision street; there were no visible marks or signs of violence on the corpse – it looked like this animal was asleep. Days passed and nature took its course without the help of carrion feeders who are still in Mexico at this time of year. The smell was to die for. Several phone calls and a visit to OV town offices had no effect – the coyote was left as a town decoration for two-months.
    Well, it WAS a lesson in neocroptic terms, but the public health threat seemed to be of no importance to town officials despite the repeated reports of rabid animals in and around Pima County.
    The lesson here is, taxpayers – you are on your own. Pay up and shut up!

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