Central Texas county reports jump in rabies cases

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by Associated Press

kvue.com

Posted on February 24, 2014 at 9:10 AM

Updated Monday, Feb 24 at 9:10 AM

GATESVILLE, Texas - A Central Texas county is dealing with its worst outbreak of rabies in more than a decade.
   
Coryell County had 26 cases of the disease in animals last year and officials have determined at least three already in 2014.
   
Most of the cases involve skunks - 21 of them last year.
   
The Temple Telegram reports (http://bit.ly/MTRhgz) the outbreak is the highest since 23 cases were found in 2002.
   
State health officials have expanded a program started in 2012 in Fort Bend County where small packets of vaccine are dropped from airplanes. But Coryell and neighboring Bell and Lampasas counties so far aren't included.
   
The rabies virus attacks the central nervous system and can be transmitted by the bite or saliva from a rabid animal into a fresh scratch or cut.
 

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