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Army Searches For Rabid Animal That Infected And Killed A Soldier

Wow, that is awful beyond belief.

Army seeking troops bitten by stray animals following rabies death – Army – Stripes.

SEOUL – The Army is redoubling its search for anyone who might have been bitten by a wild animal in Iraq or Afghanistan following the Aug. 31 death of a soldier from rabies, the service’s public health command stated Wednesday.

“The death of this soldier is very tragic, and we are taking actions to ensure something like this does not happen again,” Lt. Col. Steven Cersovsky, director of epidemiology and disease surveillance at the Army’s Public Health Command, said in the release.

Spc. Kevin Shumaker, 24, became the first soldier to die from rabies since 1967 after he was bitten by a stray dog in Afghanistan.

Shumaker told his parents that he received three of six necessary rabies shots in Afghanistan, but did not receive the final shots because they were expired, according to a Contra Costa Times report. Shumaker, a 10th Mountain Division soldier, died at Fort Drum, N.Y., eight months after the bite.

“I would not be without my son if the proper treatment was given to Kevin,” his mother, Elaine Taylor, told the newspaper in September.

Prayers for his family.

*This blog post was originally published at GruntDoc*


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2 Responses to “Army Searches For Rabid Animal That Infected And Killed A Soldier”

  1. sue ingram says:

    The real tragedy is the fact that it is the man-made war in the first place has created the situation whereby there are stray rabid dogs

  2. GruntDoc says:

    I disagree. The real tragedy is that the dog didn’t get any man-made vaccine, and the the soldier didn’t get his man-made antirabies vaccine once bitten.

    There are rabid stray dogs all over the world, war isn’t a precondition.

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