Fort Riley Soldiers Encouraged to be Tested

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

Many soldiers at Fort Riley, Kansas are being urged to be tested for rabies. Fort Riley is familiar with many veterans since they often go through the base before heading off to war.

The alert came after a soldier at Fort Drum, New York died from rabies after returning from Afghanistan.

A Fort Riley soldier who is being checked out says he has a reason to be concerned. He says when he was in Afghanistan, he and his fellow soldiers often came into contact with dogs. He remembered one in particular, a puppy, that showed signs of rabies.

He says it was common for soldiers to adopt stray pets during their deployment. Soldiers, civilians, and contractors are being told they should be screened if they came into contact with any stray animal in those two countries since March 2010.


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