Yep, rabies is still out there.

I got a text message last weekend from a vet tech who used to work here and is now working at a hospital in west Texas...

You can read my comment at the bottom of the second image ("That's actually genuinely terrifying"), and it is! We generally think of rabies as something that is a very remote threat, but it is definitely still around, even in New Mexico. We take precautions when we handle patients we believe are carrying zoonotic diseases (like rabies, plague, tularemia, and ringworm), but obviously the protective equipment isn't foolproof. 

Here's a news article regarding the rabies outbreak to which our former tech is referring: "Kerr County Rabies Epidemic."

Don't forget to vaccinate your pets for rabies and booster your pets' rabies vaccines!