CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Health officials say two pet dogs attacked and killed a rabid raccoon, marking the fifth time this year a rabies-infected animal has been caught in the Charlotte...
SOUTH HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man got a big surprise as he went to close up his iPad. A bat was wedged between the back of the device and its cover and bit his finger.
Rabies found in steer in Larimer County
LOVELAND, Colo. (AP) — Officials say a steer in northeast Colorado has contracted rabies.
The Loveland Reporter-Herald reports that Larimer County Department of Health and Environment...
LISBON, Maine (AP) — Police say three family members who were attacked by an animal on a walking path in Lisbon are getting rabies treatments as a precaution.
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man attacked by a rabid bobcat while golfing doesn't remember much about the incident but says he can still see "this miserable animal coming at...
Bobcat that attacked golfer, horse, had rabies
SPRAGUE, Conn. (AP) — A bobcat that attacked a golfer in Connecticut shortly after scratching a horse has tested positive for rabies.
The bobcat was shot and killed by state environmental...
Health officials: Coyotes test positive for rabies
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont health officials say two coyotes have tested positively for rabies.
The Vermont Department of Public Health in a Friday statement is urging residents near...
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A coyote that attacked a Salisbury couple outside their home tested positive for rabies, Vermont's top Fish and Wildlife official said Wednesday.
Officials warn of rabid wildlife in eastern Adirondacks
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State environmental officials are advising people to be alert for animals with unusual or aggressive behavior after several positive rabies tests in the eastern...
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The Maine Center for Disease control is trying to locate several people who handled a rabid bat with their bare hands last weekend in Bangor.
ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. (AP) — A skunk found in suburban Detroit has been confirmed to have rabies.
Oakland County health officials say Friday that the skunk was removed from a location in...
NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials say six rabid raccoons have been found in New York City this year, four of them in Inwood Hill Park in upper Manhattan.
Raccoon killed by 2 dogs in W.Va. tests positive for rabies
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Health officials in West Virginia say a raccoon that was killed by two dogs in the Cheat Lake area has tested positive for rabies.
The Dominion Post reports the Monongalia County Health Department says in a news release the raccoon was killed Feb. 7. A state lab confirmed the raccoon had rabies.
Georgia Tech warns of rabid fox attacks after students hurt
ATLANTA (AP) — Rabid fox attacks at Georgia Tech in Atlanta have parts of the university's campus taped-off like a crime scene and students taking different routes walking to class.
Department: Possible rabies exposure from bat at Pacers game
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana health officials say people who had contact with a bat last week during an Indiana Pacers game have possibly been exposed to rabies.
Dog defends owner from rabid raccoon during Poconos hike
BUSHKILL, Pa. (AP) — Officials say a hiker in Pennsylvania's Poconos Mountains was attacked by a rabid raccoon and defended by his dog, who pulled the varmint off.
Fox bites homeowner in New Mexico, tests positive for rabies
LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Health says a fox that bit a Las Vegas homeowner has tested positive for rabies.
State Game and Fish authorities responded to a call last Saturday from the homeowner who believed the fox was starving when she attempted to feed it.
The homeowner offered the fox a bowl of dog food when it bit her on the wrist and hand.
Rabies confirmed in raccoon involved in altercation with dog
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Health authorities say rabies has been confirmed in a raccoon involved in an altercation with a dog in western Pennsylvania.
The Allegheny County health department said the dog involved in the incident in Upper St. Clair was up-to-date on its rabies vaccinations.
This is the first report of a rabid animal in the county this year. Last year, 25 animals were confirmed to have rabies in the county: a dozen raccoons, nine bats, two cats, a fox and a groundhog.
Florida officer kills rabid otter following several attacks
MAITLAND, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida police officer fatally shot a rabid otter several days after people reported attacks.
The Orlando Sentinel reports that the Maitland police officer put the sick animal down last week near Lake Maitland.
CDC: Virginia woman died from rabies after 2017 India trip
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have confirmed that a Virginia woman who died in 2017 contracted rabies from a dog bite in India.
The Daily Progress reports the CDC released a report on Friday cautioning travelers to get the rabies vaccine.
Death of rabid black bear is first for North Carolina
FAIRFIELD, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina officials say a dead black bear has tested positive for rabies, the first such case known to the state.
The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission said in a statement Friday that a Fairfield man contacted the commission on Dec. 17 after finding the male bear dead at his game feeder in Hyde County.
2 foxes in Flagstaff test positive for rabies
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Two foxes that were captured in Flagstaff have tested positive for rabies.
The Coconino County Public Health Services District says the foxes had attacked people and animals in east Flagstaff and near Lowell Observatory.
The four people are being treated, and the two dogs are under quarantine for 45 days.
Arizona police respond to rabid fox calls in Flagstaff area
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Police officials say they have responded to several calls about rabid foxes in the Flagstaff area.
The police department said Monday a fox believed to have rabies jumped into the bed of a pickup truck and bit someone before running away Sunday. A fox believed to be the same one was captured a few hours later after another attack was reported. A second fox believed to be rabid was captured Sunday after it bit a person.
Bobcat that attacked 3 had rabies
HARTFORD, Vt. (AP) — Vermont authorities say a bobcat that bit three people in Hartford this week had rabies.
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department says two women were attacked by a bobcat on Wednesday. State game wardens shot the animal.
The department says a man who saw media coverage of the attacks said he stopped to take a photo of a bobcat in the same area the day before and the animal entered his car and bit him.
Third rabies case confirmed in West Virginia county
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Health officials in West Virginia have confirmed a third rabies case in the past six months in Monongalia County.
Otter, raccoon, test positive for rabies in Miami
MIAMI (AP) — Public health officials say an otter that bit a person tested positive for rabies in one Miami-Dade County neighborhood.
The Miami Herald reports that it's the first rabid otter identified in the county this year.
Department of Health officials say the otter bit a person and the animal later died. Four people may have been exposed and were told to seek treatment.
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Local veterinarian’s efforts in Uganda recognized
ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) — As Americans, we might not think about rabies too often, but in other parts of the world, the viral disease which strikes animals remains an ever-present threat.
One local veterinarian recently participated in The Big Fix Uganda, a volunteer effort to improve the lives of animals and humans in Africa; the project has been honored with the 2018 World Rabies Day Award for Sub-Sahara Africa.
Peoria-area woman being treated after bitten by rabid bat
PEKIN, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois woman is being treated for rabies exposure after being bitten by a rabid bat.
The Tazewell County Health Department confirmed the rabid bat bite this week.
The Journal Star reports it was the second rabid bat bite reported in the Peoria area this fall. Late in September a rabid bat bit a dog in Chillicothe. The dog was quarantined and given another round of rabies shots.
Officials issue alert after rabid cat found in Miami-Dade
MIAMI (AP) — Florida health officials have issued a 60-day alert in Miami-Dade County after a second cat tested positive for rabies this year.
The Florida Department of Health announced the alert Tuesday morning. It covers a limited area in North Miami Beach and will last until Dec. 14.
An earlier alert following the discovery of the first rabid cat is set to end Nov. 24. It covers another area in North Miami Beach.
2 more rabid raccoons found in Pittsburgh area
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Health officials are warning western Pennsylvania residents that two more raccoons in the Pittsburgh area have tested positive for rabies.
The Allegheny County health department says the first raccoon was found this week in the city's Morningside neighborhood. The second was found in the borough of Pleasant Hills near Jefferson Hills.
Rabies concerns condemn family’s pet raccoon
VALPARAISO, Neb. (AP) — Concerns about rabies have condemned an eastern Nebraska family's pet raccoon.
Officials warn of exposure to rabid bat at Omaha school
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Health officials in Omaha are notifying parents that some students at a city middle school may have been exposed to a rabid bat was found on school grounds.
The Douglas County Health Department said Wednesday that the bat was found on the ground at Morton Middle School on Friday afternoon. The bat was sent to a state lab and tested positive for the infectious disease.
2nd rabid raccoon found in same Pittsburgh neighborhood
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Health officials are warning western Pennsylvania residents that a second raccoon found in the same Pittsburgh neighborhood has tested positive for rabies.
The Allegheny County health department says the raccoon brought to one of its facilities Thursday was found on the edge of the Morningside/Stanton Heights areas, the same area a rabid raccoon was found earlier in the week. Another rabid raccoon was found in Mount Lebanon.
2 western Pennsylvania raccoons test positive for rabies
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Health officials are warning western Pennsylvania residents that two raccoons brought to a facility earlier this week have tested positive for rabies.
The Allegheny County health department says the first raccoon was found in Pittsburgh on the edge of the Morningside/Stanton Heights areas. The second was found in Mount Lebanon.
Rabies is a virus transmitted by an animal bite or scratch, and such exposures are almost always fatal when left untreated.
Bat tested positive for rabies at Grand Canyon
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — A bat collected from the bottom of the Grand Canyon has tested positive for rabies.
Park officials said Friday that visitors have reported an uptick in bats along the Colorado River.
No one is known to have come in contact with the rabid bat. It was taken from Phantom Ranch in late August and tested.
Bat in Grand Canyon National Park tests positive for rabies
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — A bat from inside Grand Canyon National Park has tested positive for rabies.
Park officials said Friday that the bat was found on Aug. 31 in Phantom Ranch.
The animal did not come in contact with any humans but park visitors have reported an uptick in interaction with bats.
Minnesota Health Dept.: No human exposure to rabid bats
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — State health officials say they have heard from the woman who dropped off two dead bats at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center.
The Minnesota Department of Health says the woman called Wednesday morning, and it turns out there apparently there was no human exposure to the bats, which tested positive for rabies.
The department was trying to reach the woman, saying she may not know she, or others, were potentially exposed to the disease.
Vietnam’s capital urges residents to stop eating dog meat
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Authorities in Vietnam's capital are urging residents to stop eating dog meat because it hurts the city's image and improper raising of the animals could spread rabies.
For many Vietnamese, dog meat is a delicacy that is thought to increase stamina.
Hanoi Vice Mayor Nguyen Van Suu said in a message published Tuesday on the city's website that slaughtering and consuming dog and cat meat are disturbing to foreigners and hurt the capital's image.
Health officials: Don’t chase a bat out of your home
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Lincoln-area health officials want people to refrain from chasing bats out of their homes.
Tim Timmons with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department says that if people shoo out bats, they can't be caught and tested for rabies. If someone in a house may have had contact with a bat, then he or she would need to undergo a rabies vaccine series as a precaution — an expensive proposition.
Discovery of rabid bat on school playground prompts closure
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A rabid bat has been found on a Kentucky elementary school's playground, prompting the school to close and check for more bats.
Woman trying to help rabid raccoon won’t be charged
KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) — The Maine Warden Service says a woman who tried to help an injured, rabid raccoon that ended up biting her and a game warden will not be charged with a crime.
Hawaii revises rules to rabies quarantine program for pets
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii has revised its rules for the rabies quarantine program that aims to prevent the introduction of the virus into the state.
Gov. David Ige, a Democrat, this week signed off on the revision, which reduces the waiting periods for pets complying with the 5 Day or Less Rabies Quarantine Program, The Garden Island reported . The new rules go into effect next week.
8 Madison County residents treated for potential rabies
BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — Eight residents of a southwestern Montana county underwent precautionary treatment for rabies after being exposed to bats within the last three weeks.
The Montana Standard reports health officials aren't sure if anyone was bitten.
Person who tried to help raccoon now needs rabies vaccine
KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) — Police in coastal Maine say a person attempting to nurse an injured rabid raccoon back to health got bitten multiple times and will now undergo rabies treatment.
Kennebunkport police say a town resident took in an injured raccoon and was bitten, alongside a responding game warden. Officials say the animal tested positive for rabies and both the resident and the warden will have to undergo rabies treatment.
Rabies alert for Florida city after infected bat found
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — A rabies alert has been issued in a Florida city after a bat tested positive for the dangerous disease.
The alert was issued by the state health department for part of Boca Raton. Tests results last week confirmed the bat was rabid.
Alabama county has eighth rabid fox attack
LOXLEY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's most popular county for tourism is facing a problem with attacks by rabid foxes.
Officials say they've confirmed eight attacks by foxes infected with rabies in coastal Baldwin County since May. The fast-growing county includes the state's prime beach areas, although no tourists have reportedly been affected.
The most recent incident happened when a rabid fox attacked a dog in Loxley last week. Six humans and one dog were attacked previously.
2nd rabid skunk in 3 weeks found in Allentown
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a second skunk in three weeks has tested positive for rabies in the eastern Pennsylvania city of Allentown, and like the earlier case the animal came into contact with at least one dog.
Officials say the skunk was picked up Wednesday about a half-mile southeast of where a rabid skunk was picked up after contact with two dogs July 30.
Annual anti-rabies bait drop begins across Vermont
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's annual anti-rabies bait drop is underway in much of the state.
About 450,000 rabies vaccine packs are expected to be distributed across 110 communities in nine Vermont counties as part of an effort to stop the spread of the disease among wild animals.
In some area the bait will be dropped from airplanes. In residential areas the bait will be placed by hand.