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Agency Village Puppy Tests Positive For Rabies

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Thursday, August 14, 2019

CONTACT:  Dr. Joshua Clayton, State Epidemiologist; (Joshua.Clayton@state.sd.us), (605) 773-3737



Agency Village Puppy Tests Positive For Rabies
Exposed Individuals Asked To Contact Health Officials

PIERRE, S.D. – A Beagle Dachshund mix puppy approximately 3 months of age in Agency Village has tested positive for rabies and health officials are urging individuals who may have been bitten, scratched or in contact with the puppy’s saliva to call the state Department of Health or their physician to determine whether rabies shots are needed. The department’s number is 1.800.592.1861.


The rabid puppy was found August 6 in the Crawfordsville Housing area on the south side of Agency Village and has been removed from the community. Individuals who came into contact with the puppy on or after July 27 should seek consultation.


Rabies is a fatal, but preventable viral disease. Rabies is contracted by exposure to a rabid animal, typically through a bite. Scratches and saliva contact with broken skin or mucus membranes are also possible routes of transmission. Prompt treatment following exposure can prevent rabies. Treatment includes administration of rabies immune globulin and a series of four doses of vaccine administered in the arm.


Through the end of July, South Dakota has reported 4 rabid animals (4 bats). Skunks are the primary reservoir of rabies in South Dakota and are the likely source of this puppy’s disease. Since 2009, 130 skunks and 9 dogs have tested positive for rabies in South Dakota. Pet owners are encouraged to make sure their animals’ rabies vaccinations are up to date.


More information about rabies can be found on the department’s website at doh.sd.gov/diseases/infectious/diseasefacts/Rabies.aspx


NOTE: A photo of the animal is attached.


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