Rabies confirmed in SW La. horse

JENNINGS, La. (AP) - Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain says a Jefferson Davis Parish horse has been confirmed to have rabies.

The American Press reports the horse, a 6-year-old thoroughbred mare from the Jennings area, was taken to LSU's veterinary school in Baton Rouge on June 27 after exhibiting abnormal facial twitching symptoms.

Strain said the horse was euthanized after the symptoms worsened, and a subsequent necropsy verified the horse had rabies.

He said few people vaccinate their horses for rabies, but horses like all mammals can contract the disease.

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