Amount of rabies cases on the rise in Central Alabama


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Since January, a total  of 21 cases have been reported in Shelby, St. Clair and Chilton Counties.

Of the 21 infected animals, 18 were raccoons. The other animals were a dog, a cat and a fox.

Experts say the rise in cases is likely due to the increase in the raccoon population.

Fifteen of the rabies cases were reported in Columbiana and surrounding areas.

Four cases were reported in the Leeds and Moody area, while two have been reported in Clanton.

Anyone who thinks they have come across an infected animal can call the rabies hotline at 1-888-RABIES-4.

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    […] Alabama 08/01/13 Alabama Department of Public Health: Officials have reported 21 cases of rabies since January in Shelby, St. Clair, and Chilton counties. Eighteen were raccoons, and the others were a dog, a cat, and a fox. Fifteen of the cases were in Columbiana and surrounding areas, four were in the Leeds and Moody area, and two were in Clanton. – See […]


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