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The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is reporting a confirmed rabies case in a 5-year-old gelding Warmblood at a private facility in Marion County.


The horse presented with symptoms of ataxia, eating shavings, dribbling urine, self-mutilation, aggression, febrile and seizures.  The unvaccinated animal was euthanized.

This is the first confirmed equine rabies case in Florida for 2023.

Rabies is a fatal central nervous system disease that can affect all warm-blooded mammals, including humans. It occurs infrequently in horses.

The most common route of infection in the horse is a bite wound from a wild carnivore or bat carrying the virus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that equids account for less than 1% of all rabies cases in the USA; the total number of equine cases has historically ranged from 25–82 annually.

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