BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) – Vermont Health and agriculture officials are urging anyone who consumed unpasteurized milk from a cow on a Charlotte farm that died of rabies earlier this week to consult with a health care professional.

There has never been a documented case of someone contracting rabies by drinking milk from a rabies-infected cow, but officials say anyone who drank milk from one of the cows should consider vaccination “out of an abundance of caution.”

The Health Department and Agency of Agriculture says anyone who came in contact with the cows from the farm or drank raw milk from one of them should consider being vaccinated against rabies.

Rabies is a fatal disease.

Officials believe the two cows contracted rabies from a raccoon. The rest of the farm’s herd has been vaccinated.


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