On January 4th, 2013, in Mower County the first Rabies case of 2013 was confirmed. Rabies is a zoonotic disease, that can be spread from animal to humans, and is a fatal disease. It is recommended that horses receive a Rabies vaccinated annually.
For more information: http://www.thehorse.com/articles/31183/minnesota-horse-tests-positive-for-rabies
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