Department of State Health Services
August 4 , 2004
Department of State Health Services(DSHS) officials are alerting the public that visitors to the Children's Animal Center at the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center near Glen Rose may have been exposed to a Barbado sheep that later tested positive for rabies.
DSHS officials say that people who visited the Children's Animal Center at the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center from July 10 through July 30 should contact a doctor or the DSHS zoonosis control office in Arlington at 817-264-4920 to determine if post-exposure treatment to prevent the development of rabies is needed.
The Children's Animal Center is located at the overlook, half-way through the scenic wildlife drive, in a barn. Fossil Rim Wildlife Center is 55 miles southwest of Fort Worth and 75 miles southwest of Dallas, near Glen Rose.
Rabies is most often transmitted by bites, but transmission can occur in other ways that allow the saliva from an infected animal to enter a person's bloodstream such as a lick to a person's face or fresh wounds or broken skin. Transmission also can occur if a person kisses the infected animal on it's face or lips. A series of post-exposure shots, if given in time, can prevent rabies from developing. Once symptoms develop, rabies is almost always fatal.
(News media: for more information contact James Wright, D.V.M., DSHS Zoonosis Control Division, Arlington, 817-264-4920; or Emily Palmer, DSHS Assistant Press Officer, Austin, 512-458-7400 or 512-844-1379 cell.)
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