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June 28, 2007

Albany - - Nine employees at an Albany veterinarian's office will have to go undergo treatment for possible exposure to rabies.

Last week, The Cat Clinic of Albany treated an ill dog who later died. Thursday, employees there learned that dog tested positive for rabies, even though it had received a rabies shot last year from a different doctor.

Because the terminal disease can be transmitted to humans from open wounds or scratches and saliva, the owner of the clinic is recommending post exposure treatment for all of his employees.  

"Some of the folks could have several injections to cover themselves for that day and there's a series of five injections after that which are essentially vaccines to add further to your immunity," says Dr. Ira Roth.

The treatment process can take up to two months. Roth is also recommending treatment for the dog's owner.

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