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Last updated 3:38PM ET
August 18, 2018
WFCR Local News
WFCR Local News
Rabid Animals Found in 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.

That prevention includes making sure residents have their pets vaccinated and avoiding contact with any wild animals, especially raccoons, skunks, foxes and bats. Rheaume says people should see their health care provider for treatment immediately if they've been bitten or scratched by a wild animal. No human cases of rabies have been reported in Massachusetts since 1934.
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