RABID BEAVER attacks woman at NORTH CAROLINA lake.

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North Carolina 07/`2/16 citizen-times.com: The beaver that attacked and bit a paddle boarder on Beaver Lake tested positive for rabies. The attack, which occurred Friday on the popular North Asheville lake, sent a 67-year-old woman to Mission Hospital with lacerations and bites on her leg and both hands. Dr. Richard Oliver, director of the state’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Arden, confirmed Tuesday afternoon that testing done on the beaver’s brain showed the animal had rabies. Oliver has seen plenty of rabies cases in other animals in his 31-year career, but never before in a beaver. Mike Carraway, a wildlife biologist with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, said it is unusual for beavers to get rabies, but the confirmed case in this beaver is cause for concern with other beavers at the lake, as well as other animals. Beaver Lake, off Merrimon Avenue, is popular with paddlers and people who walk and run around the lake’s perimeter. – For complete article see http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2016/07/12/beaver-attacked-paddle-boarder-rabid/87000540/

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