Harris County health officials are warning people about the stray.
The brown and black Labrador mix was found by a resident and taken to Animal Control on Jan. 10. The dog is now deceased.
Although the Lab showed no rabies symptoms, laboratory test results on Friday night revealed that the dog had tested positive for rabies.
Health officials believe the dog contracted the disease from a wild animal.
Dr. Umair Shah, of Harris County Public Health and Environmental Sciences says the risk to the public is very low because it’s very unlikely many people came in contact with the dog.
Anyone who they may have had contact with the dog between Jan. 4 and Jan. 10 is urged to immediately call HCPHES Veterinary Public Health at 281-999-3191.
Rabies is a serious infection. It can be transmitted to a person by a dog bit, contact with infected saliva or mucous membranes – eyes, nose, mouth. Signs and symptoms are slow to appear – it may take weeks or even months.
The person who found the dog is receiving rabies shots as a precaution.
Unvaccinated pets are also at risk!
This is the first confirmed positive rabid dog in Harris County since 1979.