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Archive for Wednesday, November 21, 2001

Children around sick puppy get rabies vaccinations

November 21, 2001

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Kindergarten students exposed to a rabid puppy show no signs of the disease but will continue to take preventative shots.

"The kids are doing great," Principal Max Clark said Monday. "They're just little troupers."

A litter of farm puppies came to Linda Hopkins' kindergarten classroom Nov. 6 for show-and-tell, Clark said. One of the puppies later died, and it tested positive for rabies.

Fourteen of the 19 students were in class that day, Kingman County Health Director Cindy Chrissman-Smith said Monday.

On Friday and Saturday, the children, Hopkins and others who were exposed to the litter received one-to-six immune globulin shots, depending on their weight. They also received the first dose of the rabies vaccine and will receive four more doses during the next month.

Clark said the school board likely will review policy for bringing animals into classrooms, but the standing rule is, "look, but don't touch."

"You can't find an elementary school in the nation that doesn't have a program of this kind," Clark said, adding this was the first time he had heard of students being exposed to rabies.

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