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Published April 02, 2010, 08:01 PM

GF Shelter Dog Had Rabies: Human Treatment Costs $5,000

People getting rabies treatment after coming in contact with an infected Grand Forks shelter dog will have to pay a pretty penny. It cost around $5,000 dollars per person to be treated for rabies.

People getting rabies treatment after coming in contact with an infected Grand Forks shelter dog will have to pay a pretty penny.

It cost around $5,000 dollars per person to be treated for rabies.

Some might get help through their insurance.

About 32 known people who have had contact with these dogs are being screened.

On March 9th two strays were brought to the Circle of Friends Humane Society in Grand Forks. The smaller dog Cookie is pictured with the larger dog named Bingo. The larger dog was euthanized after he was deemed unadoptable. On the 20th Cookie went to a foster family until it became sick, and began shaking. The dog was taken directly to the vet. The veterinarian said the dog should be euthanized and sent to NDSU for testing.

The test came back positive for rabies Thursday.

Both dogs were in contact with the public at the Humane Society from March 15th through March 20th.

Doctor James Hargreaves says if you think you might have been exposed you should be checked out as soon as possible.

Dr. James HargreavesAltru Infectious Disease Specialist: "Rabies is pretty uniformally a lethal condition. There was a case about two or three years ago that someone had full-blown rabies, and was able to survive it. That's the exception to the rule."

Doctor Hargreaves says you can get rabies if the animal bit you or if saliva from the dog came in contact with a cut on your hand or your eyes.

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