WORCESTER COUNTY(wfcr) -
Massachusetts public health officials are reporting what they say is a significant increase in the number of animals testing positive for rabies in Worcester County. Fifteen rabies-positive animals---12 raccoons, two cats and one woodchuck-- were found in various locations around the county between April and June. That number is a 77-percent increase over the first quarter of this year. Donna Rheaume of the Department of Public Health says she does not believe the increase is a seasonal event, but part of a cycle within animal populations.