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Alabama and Georgia Rabies Epidemic #255520

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Nov 16, 1978
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(Studio) Report on rabies problems in south parts of Alabama and Georgia.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Houston Cnty., Alabama) [Lynn HAGLER - talks of playing with stray dog.] Lynn and Lee Hagler noted to be among 17 people in Houston Cnty., Alabama, taking series of rabies shots. Rabies epidemic reported declared in several-county area. [State veterinarian Dr. Wallace BIRCH - says situation is serious.] Raccoons said believed to be wild animals most frequently found with disease in area; livestock owners' concern about spread of disease to domestic animals stated. Cnty. rabies inspector's comments about fears in Dothan, Alabama, with regard to epidemic given. [Inspector Dr. Brian BAIN - describes reaction of people in Dothan.] Rabies vaccination clinics in area reported; number of pet owners taking advantage of clinics cited. [Mary COX - has grandchildren who play with cat.] [Robert PYBUS - says raccoon could get into his yard, since he lives by creek.] Apparent lack of fear of epidemic by raccoon hunters noted. [Hunter Joe SHIRAH - thinks situation exaggerated.]

Ford, Sam;
Mudd, Roger

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