Second Canine Rabies Case Confirmed in Carlsbad

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico health officials say 11 people are receiving vaccinations after being exposed to a dog that had rabies.

The Department of Health announced Monday that it confirmed rabies in the 8-year-old dog. The animal developed signs of the viral disease and died two days later.

Officials say the people who were exposed to the dog are receiving a series of vaccinations to prevent them from developing rabies.

This is the second dog in the Carlsbad area to contract rabies this year. The first case was in January.

Health officials point to an outbreak of rabid skunks, some of which have come in contact with pets.

They say a total of 26 people from Eddy County have received vaccinations since the beginning of the year due to exposures to rabid animals and bites from stray dogs and wild animals.