Recent rabies reports in Florida, West Virginia, and Arizona 2009 summary

Florida  01/06/10  The Clay County Health Department today issued a rabies alert for the 32656 ZIP code near Keystone Heights.  The alert, which is centered just south of Gold Head State Park, comes after a raccoon tested positive for rabies. The warning is scheduled to last for 60 days.

West Virginia  01/06/10  The cold weather doesn’t seem to be impacting the rabies cases in Greenbrier County.  Health department leaders say a rabid skunk was killed by a dog on Coleman Cliff Road in the Frankford area Tuesday. The dog was current on its vaccinations. Experts with the state hygienic lab say since five of the last six rabies cases have been discovered in the last few weeks, the frigid winter temperatures may have little impact on the movements of rabid animals in the area.

Arizona  01/04/10  Officials at the Arizona Department of Health Services say there were more cases of rabies in 2009 than in any other year to date, including at least two rabid bobcats that both came to a rather unusual demise.  In one of the past year’s more amusing rabid bobcat stories, a few weeks ago, a man choked one to death with his bare hands after it attacked him in his yard. In a separate case, back in March, a rabid bobcat walked into a bar in Cottonwood and started attacking patrons before being shot by police.  Last year, 261 animals tested positive for the disease, which is an alarming 85 more than 2008.


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