Two puppies exposed to rabies in Sussex County

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Posted: August 7, 2019 | 3:15 p.m.

SUSSEX – Two to three puppies that were part of a litter exposed to rabies in Sussex County may have been picked up. The Crater Health District and Sussex County Animal Control want to ensure that these pets and their new owners are safe. If you recently received a puppy, 12-14 weeks old, please call Lori Deprisco with the Crater Health District at 804-862-7617 immediately.

Rabies is a preventable viral disease found in mammals such as bats, raccoons and foxes. It is spread through contact with the saliva of a rabid (infected) animal, most often through a bite or scratch. Early symptoms include fever, headache and general weakness or discomfort. Rabies affects the brain and ultimately leads to death. It can be prevented with vaccination, but once symptoms begin, there is no cure. If your pet needs to be vaccinated for rabies, please contact your local veterinarian.

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