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Jun 18, 2010 5:32 PM

Family Talks About Fleming County Teen Who Died Of Rabies Seven Years Ago

Imagine losing a child and having to wait weeks to find out how she died. A Fleming County family says they were confused and shocked to find out their daughter, just days away from her 16th birthday, died from rabies.

Shannon Reid's death on June 2, 2003 was unexpected and huge blow to the family. After years of not being able to talk about it, they mustered the strength Friday as the state House of Representatives have declared June the "Shannon Reid Rabies Awareness Month."

"It was so devastating that it took me seven years to do something well worth," said Reid's mother, Patty, at a rally on the steps of the Fleming County courthouse Friday. "If it just saves one person that will vaccinate their animals that wouldn't have or talk to their children about playing with wildlife, then this journey will have all been well worth it and Shannon would be proud."

Doctors still don't know how Shannon contracted the disease. Many local clinics will vaccinate animals for as little as five dollars, something that might have saved Shannon's life.

Rabies deaths are rare, but vets attribute that to people getting their animals vaccinated.

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