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Rabies cases on upswing

Rabies cases are on the upswing this year, most likely due to the mild winter, according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. A total of 21 cases have been identified in the state since Jan. 1.
“Rabies circulates among skunks in Kansas and bats,” Dr. Ingrid Garrison, state public health veterinarian. “This is true throughout the Midwest. The virus passes in the saliva.
“We have a significantly higher number of confirmed rabid animals this year, compared to the same time in 2011,” Dr. Garrison said. “Since 2007, there has been an average of 68 cases of rabid animals ...


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