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Health Center-Health Department confirms rabies case in Lyon County cow

The Flint Hills Community Health Center-Lyon County Health Department has confirmed a case of rabies in Lyon County.

Health Center spokesperson Jacque Ambrose says a cow was likely bitten by an animal infected with rabies, therefore spreading the virus. Ambrose says there have not been any cases of humans being infected with rabies, and hasn't confirmed whether anybody is being treated as a precaution.

Rabies is preventable, but the viral illness -- usually spread through bites -- is almost always fatal unless treated with vaccinations beforehand or shots after an incident. Most cases are in wild animals like skunks, raccoons, bats and foxes.

Symptoms include fever, headache, general weakness and discomfort, followed by insomnia, anxiety, confusion, slight or partial paralysis, hallucinations, hypersalivation and difficulty swallowing.

For information, go online to www.flinthillshealth.org or www.cdc.gov.

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