Rabies reports from Florida, Indiana, New Jersey, and Texas.

Congress Bridge in Austin, Texas. Home to an estimated 1.5 million bats that consume up to 20,000 lbs of insects each night.

Florida 09/20/10 actionnewsjax.com: The discovery of a rabid raccoon in the North Jacksonville area has officials issuing a rabies alert for the region.  The sixth alert of the year will last through December 20.  The alert area is bordered at the Nassau County line by Thomas Creek and Lem Turner Roader and on the east by Chapparell Road.  An investigation did find a human was exposed to the rabies.

Indiana 09/20/10 wfie.com: by Rachel Folz – A bat tests positive for rabies in Evansville.  According to the health department, this proves that rabies is still around in Vanderburgh County wildlife.  Officials urge you to keep your animal’s rabies vaccine up to date and to not touch wild animals.

New Jersey 09/20/10 mycentraljersey.com: by Laurie Levoy – Of 10 people who contacted the Middle—Brook Regional Health Commission to report having been near, or having touched a rabid bat retrieved at the Bound Brook Apartments several days ago, two are undergoing a treatment protocol to guard against contracting the virus.  Commission Health Officer Kevin Sumner said Monday that anyone who came forward stating they were in the area or saw the bat “have received written notification they need to speak to a physician. We have confirmed that two of these individuals are receiving rabies treatment due to their contact with the bat.”  Dr. Dennis McGill, director of the Emergency Department at Somerset Medical Center, said treating two suspected rabies cases is unusual.  “Usually, we don’t have the confirmation and we treat the individual for the potential of exposure to rabies,” McGill said, before adding, “but here, we have the proof.”  The bat was retrieved from outside the garden apartment complex Sept. 10. Testing at a state laboratory in Trenton confirmed the animal had rabies.

Texas 09/19/10 kcbd.com: Rabies is confirmed in Hale County.  The Plainview Daily reports that a skunk with rabies was found two weeks ago northwest of Plainview.

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