Authorities search for puppy with rabies

Screen shot 2014-03-03 at 7.56.28 AMCanine Rabies in Boxer Mix Puppy from Minden/Gardnerville  ( Press Release from Mono Public Health)

Authorities have found 9 of the 10 puppies in a litter affected by rabies in Carson City, and at least 25 people faced potential exposure to the disease.

One of the puppies tested positive for rabies, according to Carson City Health and Human Services. That agency, in cooperation with other agencies, is looking for the 10th puppy and awaits tests being conducted at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The litter originated in the Minden/Gardnerville area, and the dog that tested positive is described as a boxer mix born in November [2013].

Dogs in the litter were sold or given away, according to a news release, and because there is a “lack of verified information as to where the origin of the rabies exposure occurred, CCHHS took precautionary measures by alerting the families that owned the littermates of their risk of rabies exposure.” Initially, 2 people were thought to have been exposed to the disease. Taylor Radtke, CCHHS public-information officer, said that number had grown to 25.

It is the 1st rabies case in the state in decades, according to CCHHS, which has cautioned that rabies is a life-threatening ailment and that people exposed should get post-exposure treatment.

CCHHS staffers urged anyone with information about the 10th puppy to contact the agency at  HYPERLINK “tel:775-887-2190” 775-887-2190. The agency says one puppy and an unvaccinated cat were exposed to the litter. Both were tested, and
neither has the disease. I suspect that neither survived the testing.

The pups would be around 15 weeks old at this time and would have been adopted for a month or longer. If there were multiple cases, they would have been exposed when with their mother, about which we are
provided with no information. If this is the 1st rabies outbreak in decades, it is important to determine the source, and this is helped by typing the virus. If it is a bat rabies virus, that might not be unexpected, but if it is canine or wildlife (fox, coyote, skunk, raccoon, take your choice), this would reflect a more serious
situation in how it reached this litter.


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8 Responses to Authorities search for puppy with rabies

  1. Desert Tortoise March 3, 2014 at 10:44 am #

    Ohhh, this really is bad. Puppies gnaw on you all the time and no one thinks the worse of it. It’s cute, right? Plus, a puppy is the last creature you think of having rabies. I hope all the owners of these puppies can be identified and the pups isolated for ten days to see if they too have rabies. If so, whomever handled them needs to be vaccinated immediately or risk a very painful and ugly death. Only a handful of people have ever survived rabies, and the recovery is so long and awful you almost wish you had died.

    • Benett Kessler March 3, 2014 at 12:09 pm #

      Take heart, there is a new treatment for rabies that has reportedly been very successful. Not the awful series of shots in the stomach.

      • Desert Tortoise March 3, 2014 at 3:02 pm #

        Oh, I understand. It is now five shots in the arm rather than twenty something in the stomach. I was referring to untreated rabies being almost always fatal. There have been about twenty cases where medical staff were able to save people who did not either seek the vaccine or were unaware they were bitten by a rabid animal who later developed rabies. Normally untreated rabies is always fatal. It is a painful and scary death. By inducing a coma and treating the the various system failures as they occured these patients were able to be saved, but they were in comas for many weeks and even after being woken up, their bodies were ravaged. It is a very long recovery, and very painful from what I have been able to gleen. If you think you were exposed to rabies, get the vaccine and do not delay.

        • Benett Kessler March 3, 2014 at 4:36 pm #

          Of course you know. I forgot. You know everything. Gosh. Do you perform surgery too? Don’t answer that.

          • Ken Warner March 3, 2014 at 7:44 pm #

            Lighten up Benett. It’s easy to find out information on the treatment and prognosis of rabies.


          • Desert Tortoise March 4, 2014 at 2:13 pm #

            I have some first hand experience, ok.

          • Terry March 4, 2014 at 7:26 pm #

            DT: First hand experience at promoting yourself?

  2. MyMonkeys March 3, 2014 at 10:51 pm #

    Here is a little bit more information I found on the Nevada news website. Based on the story in the second link, I am betting that whoever has the puppy is not being “found” on purpose.–246456851.html


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