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Dept. of Health: Rabies Reported in 120 AR Animals

While cases generally increase in the summer, the Arkansas Department of Health does not expect the threat to decrease as fall approaches.
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Although summer is winding down, the Arkansas Department of Health warns the threat of rabies still exists.

So far in 2013, the Natural State has seen 120 animals test positive for rabies, which can be fatal if not promptly and properly treated.

In Pulaski County, six cases of rabid skunks and one bat testing positive for the disease have been reported in 2013.

Gary Ellington, local pest control expert, says dry conditions often force these dangerous animals out of the wilderness and into areas where people are living, and getting an expert to deal with these animals is very important.

"You can catch hundreds of them, but there's thousands more waiting to get in," Ellington says. "You want to find out where they're getting in at and get that fixed, have it screened off. If they can't get in they move to the next house."

Although cases generally increase in the summer, the Arkansas Department of Health does not expect the threat to wane as fall approaches.
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