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Health department to hold annual rabies clinic May 9

Lexington pet-owners seeking a low-cost rabies vaccination will have their chance at a special clinic next month.

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s annual Rabies Vaccination Clinic will be held 6-9 p.m. Thursday, May 9, at the Third Street Fire Station, 219 E. Third St. Vaccinations will cost just $3. All cats must be in a carrier, and all dogs must be on leashes.

Rabies, a viral disease of humans, pets and wild animals, is transmitted from animals to humans by the saliva of a rabid animal, usually from a bite.

“The health department provides this clinic every year to give Lexington’s pet-owners a chance to get a low-cost rabies vaccination for their animals,” said Luke Mathis, Environmental Health team leader and one of the event’s organizers. “This low-cost shot protects the pets and the people of Lexington, which is another way we work to improve public health.”

Rabies vaccinations typically cost about $20.

State law requires that all dogs, cats and ferrets maintain a current rabies vaccination. The health department gave 403 rabies shots during the May 2012 clinic. The LFCHD Rabies Control Program received 872 animal bite reports last year, with LFCHD staff making sure each animal was up to date on all rabies vaccination shots.

The clinic also provides pet owners with the opportunity to purchase an animal license, which costs $8 if the animal has been spayed or neutered. A license costs $40 if the animal has not been fixed or the owner has no proof of alteration. Lexington-Fayette Animal Care and Control is also sponsoring the clinic.

For more information on the annual Rabies Clinic, call the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s Division of Environmental Health at (859) 231-9791.

For additional information, find the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/LFCHD.

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