A second case of rabies in as many weeks has been reported by the Bollinger County Health Department to the Bollinger County veterinary office. Six cases of rabies have been reported this year. The Health Department urges county residents to be aware of wild animals and, most importantly, to vaccinate your pets against rabies. Seek medical attention immediately if bitten by any wild animal, as saliva is the medium for infection. Skyview Animal Hospital in Cape Girardeau is the location to take wild animals to be tested for rabies. According to the heath department, skunks are not the only rabies threat in the area; bats are also known carriers of the disease. In 2012, A new oral rabies vaccine began testing in the US with the hope of virtually eliminating rabies in wildlife.
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