Sunday, March 16, 2008

Boy attacked by Rabid Mountain Lion

Just north of Phoenix, Arizona, a 10 year old boy was attacked by a rabid mountain lion on March 8th, 2008. The family shot and killed the adult female mountain lion just after the attack and transported it back to The Arizona State Health Laboratory for analysis. The boy suffered scratches on his back and is currently being monitored and is stable health-wise thus far. The article suggests that he is receiving post exposure prophalaxis, but does not state this explicitly.

During this year so far, 14 animals have tested positive for rabies at the ADHS State Health Laboratory. Two of these tests have occurred in the last two weeks.

Scary stuff! Bottom line: don't stop your all-terrain vehicle for a break in the wilderness before survey for large rabid animals (or something like that)...

-Deshka

Source: 10 Mar 2008, KPHO.com

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