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4th rabid animal euthanized in Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta

State law mandates that all dogs, cats and ferrets over fourth months old must be vaccinated.
State law mandates that all dogs, cats and ferrets over fourth months old must be vaccinated.(WOWT)
Published: Apr. 29, 2021 at 9:43 AM AKDT
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BETHEL, Alaska (AP) - A dog in western Alaska has been diagnosed with rabies, bringing the total number of recent cases in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta to four.

The three foxes and the dog were found in the communities of Nightmute, Alakanuk and Bethel. All have been euthanized.

Public Health Veterinarian Dr. Laurie Meythaler-Mullins tells KYUK Public Media in Bethal that three other dogs were also euthanized. That’s because they were all bitten by rabid foxes. Meythaler-Mullins says none of the dogs were vaccinated.

State law mandates that all dogs, cats and ferrets over fourth months old must be vaccinated. Meythaler-Mullins has been vaccinating pets in all three communities.

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