Eight cases of rabies have been confirmed in Douglas County this year, a group of local veterinarians were told Thursday night.
The Douglas County Veterinary Medical Assn. heard from Deborah Briggs, assistant professor in Kansas State University's department of veterinary diagnosis, during a meeting at Don's Steak House, said John Bradley, a Lawrence veterinarian.
Briggs told the group that 37 cases of rabies have been confirmed in the state, primarily in northeast Kansas, since Jan. 1, he said. Bradley said the Douglas County animals infected with rabies included skunks, cattle and dogs.
As a public service, veterinarians in the organization are offering one-year rabies vaccinations for a reduced fee during regular office hours through Saturday.
"None of us know of any dog or cat that was vaccinated and has contracted rabies," Bradley said. "The vaccine we have is an excellent product."
He urged pet owners to vaccinate all cats, dogs and other domestic animals, and to avoid contact with wild animals.