New Rabies Strain Found in New Mexico
Officials have confirmed a new strain of rabies and it was found in New Mexico.
Although the threat publically has now gone down, officials still warn those who are around wild animals either around their homes or while out hunting or camping to take precaution.
The new rabies strain was found in a 78-year-old woman bitten by a rabid fox. Genetic testing was done in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Lab in Atlanta and it was confirmed that the strain has never been seen before.
This new strain of rabies has never been seen before and it is believed to have been from a bat that bit the fox. Rabies does evolve into a strain to cater to the animals it infects and the dog rabies strain has not been seen in the United States since 2004.
According to the World Health Organization, rabies kills over 50,000 people globally and is easily prevented with a vaccine.