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Rabid Deer Found in Mower County

Posted at: 11/05/2012 10:45 PM
By: Steph Crock

(ABC 6 News) -- The first ever rabid deer in Minnesota was found in Mower County.

A resident found the deer in a creek, and told DNR it appeared sick. It died soon after it was discovered and DNR tested the deer positive for rabies.

Being that it's hunting season, we asked Minnesota's Public Health Veterinarian, if this could harm humans? For instance, if they consume it.

She says rabies cannot spread that way, and humans would likely not be affected, unless bitten by a deer with rabies. Pets on the other hand, are more often exposed to this.

"It is really important to vaccinate your dogs, cats, and horses for rabies because the skunks in Minnesota can carry rabies and that is how animals in Minnesota get rabies, by being bitten by a rabid skunk,” said MN Public Health Veterinarian Joni Scheftel.

Though this is the first rabid deer to be found in Minnesota, that does not mean it is the only one out there.