Rabies Rates On The Rise

Katie Hiller
Katie Hiller

A potentially deadly disease is on the rise in Sheridan County. Sheridan Media's Betsy Love brings you the first in a two part series.

Fewer than three confirmed rabies cases have been found in in both domestic and wild animals each year in Sheridan County since 2001. That is, until last year. Katie Hiller with Sheridan County Public Health:

Although any mammal can be infected with rabies, the biggest carriers locally right now are skunks and bats.
However, symptoms she says are far more variable:

Although, she adds, a lack of symptoms not necessarily mean a lack of rabies:

So why has rabies rates more than quadrupled over the last year? Stay tuned because tomorrow we will hear from a local Dr. about not only the reasons why rabies cases have increased so drastically over the last year, but also learn why the pet you may least expect to get rabies may actually be the most likely.

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