Statement from Miller Grove ISD:
The Texas Department of State Health Services issued a possible rabies exposure notice on February 29, 2020. The notice was referencing a Miller Grove FFA show heifer that had been in San Antonio from February 11-14, 2020.
After returning to the heifer’s home barn, the animal started showing symptoms of a possible respiratory infection and was treated by a local veterinarian.
After four days of not responding to treatment, the animal was taken to the veterinarian’s office. The doctor continued treating the animal and kept it for observation. The animal passed away on February 22, 2020.
Dr. Brent Moore, Texas Department of State Health Services in Tyler, Texas contacted the District on February 27, 2020. Dr. Moore stated that one of the show heifers from Miller Grove FFA had tested positive for rabies and the State was investigating the location and contacts with the animal from January 29, 2020 through February 22, 2020. He said the animal was shown in San Antonio on February 11-14, 2020. Dr. Moore stated that the handlers of the animal were urged to seek their health care providers and explain the situation.
The heifer had not traveled to any other location besides San Antonio, the home barn and the veterinarian between January 29, 2020 and February 22, 2020. Dr. Moore stated that rabies in cattle was extremely rare and usually was the result of a bite from an infected mammal. For more information, please contact the DSHS Region 4 office in Tyler at (903) 533-5260.