Latest Rabies News

Man who helped with baby raccoons may need rabies treatment

Oct. 11, 2019 10:37 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire health officials are requesting the public's help in finding a man from Massachusetts to assess his risk for rabies after he came into contact with baby raccoons. Health officials say the man was in Conway at about 5 p.m. on Sept. 20 and stopped to help someone remove two...

More cases of rabies in skunks confirmed in Detroit area

Oct. 9, 2019 11:33 AM EDT

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — Officials have confirmed two new cases of rabies in skunks found in suburban Detroit communities. Oakland County's health division says Wednesday that the skunks were in Southfield and Farmington Hills and that rabies has been verified so far this year in eight skunks and four bats...

Tennessee raccoons to get vaccinated for rabies

Oct. 1, 2019 4:28 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Health is working to prevent the spread of rabies by raccoons through the distribution of vaccine packets coated with fishmeal. According to the department, the packets will be distributed by helicopter and airplane between Oct. 3 and Oct. 20. The baiting...

Oakland County confirms 2 more cases of rabies in skunks

Sep. 29, 2019 4:39 PM EDT

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — Oakland County health officials are confirming two new cases of rabies in skunks found in Southfield and Troy. The confirmations follow a report last week that a skunk's carcass also found in Southfield, just north of Detroit, tested positive for rabies. In March, officials said a...

Skunk carcass north of Detroit tests positive for rabies

Sep. 21, 2019 9:18 AM EDT

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — Oakland County health officials confirm that the carcass of a skunk found in Southfield, just north of Detroit, has tested positive for rabies. Officials say carcasses of multiple skunks recently have been found in the same area. Those carcasses were not tested for rabies. People...

Idaho officials say cat has rabies, first case in decades

Sep. 19, 2019 11:17 AM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho health officials say a cat has tested positive for rabies for the first time in 27 years. The Department of Health and Welfare says the cat in Owyhee County was behaving aggressively and bit its owner. It tested positive for a strain of rabies normally associated with bats. The...

2 puppies euthanized after contact with rabid bats

Sep. 13, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — Officials say two German shepherd puppies were euthanized after they came into contact with bats that tested positive for rabies in southwestern Washington. KATU-TV reports Cowlitz County environmental health manager Season Long said Friday a 4-month-old and a 5-month old German...

Rabid bats found along river in Grand Canyon National Park

Sep. 12, 2019 2:52 PM EDT

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Grand Canyon National Park officials say two dead bats found along the Colorado River inside the park tested positive for rabies. A statement released Thursday by park officials said the bats were deceased when collected last month and that the bats didn't come into...

Skunk that bit 2-year-old girl tests positive for rabies

Sep. 11, 2019 10:38 AM EDT

WEYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts animal control officials say a skunk that attacked a 2-year-old girl in her grandmother's backyard has tested positive for rabies. The child's grandmother, Betty Bennette, says the skunk latched onto her granddaughter Fatima's leg near the back door of her Weymouth...

At least 17 people treated after contact with rabid raccoon

Aug. 26, 2019 4:11 PM EDT

MACON, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia health official says at least 17 people who were exposed to a rabid raccoon have started treatment. News outlets report North Central Health District spokesman Michael Hokanson gave an update Monday to the "Raccoon or Kitten" event that took place Aug. 3 in Macon. People who...