Posted: Jul 1, 2013 8:08 PM by MTN News
BILLINGS- Yellowstone County has been placed under a 60-day rabies quarantine after a dog was diagnosed with the disease on Monday.
The state placed the issue on the county after a domestic dog in the Windsor Estates Mobile Home Park, off of Lake Elmo Drive in Billings, began to exhibit aggressive symptoms following contact with a skunk.
On Monday, the dog was diagnosed with rabies.
According to Billings Police Chief Rich St. John, an investigation revealed as many as 13 people may have been exposed to rabies and are currently in consultation with Riverstone Health.
The dog in question was a house pet, and occasionally was tied up in the front yard.
St. John says it's believed the rabies outbreak is isolated to immediate family and friends, but there is a possibility that loose dogs or other people may have come into contact with the dog.
Animal Control officers canvassed the trailer court Monday, both answering questions and looking for any other evidence of rabies.
Animal Control officers remind residents to make sure their pets are immunized and to report any strange behavior from wildlife, such as seeing a skunk in the daytime.
Under the quarantine, the following terms are in place: