The Sheriff’s Office in Cooke County, Texas announced that a cow had tested positive for rabies in Cooke County.
According to the release from Sheriff Ray Sappington, the 10-year-old, unvaccinated cow became ill, and the owners believed it was choking or having other breathing issues. The owners, two additional assistants, and a veterinarian were all subsequently exposed to the saliva of the animal in attempts to save the cow.
The cow succumbed to its exposure to Rabies and was sent to the state for rabies testing.
The five people that were exposed have been and continue to receive treatment for their rabies exposure.
The more than three dozen cows in the herd have been quarantined and vaccinated.
Further testing is being conducted, but at this time it is believed that the cow was exposed to a rabid skunk which transmitted the disease.
The cattle owner, veterinarian, state authorities and the Cooke County Sheriff’s Office are all working together to ensure this incident remains contained. The Cooke County Sheriff’s Office encourages all animal owners to have their pets and livestock vaccinated to help combat the spread of this disease.