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Three More Worcester Co. Rabies Cases Confirmed, Surpasses 2012 Numbers

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WORCESTER CO., Md - It appears the Rabies cases in Worcester County are still on the rise: three more cases have been confirmed this month.

That brings the total to 21 this year – two more than the final count in 2012.

Authorities say the spike appears to be part of a five-year cycle.  A widespread outbreak in 2009 marked 52 cases, and lead to the creation of a rabies advisory council. The group included members from the Health Department, Animal Control and local veterinarians, and established best practices for reducing the disease.

They included discounted rabies vaccination clinics for county residents and public awareness campaigns on rabid animals. The numbers were on a steady decline – until now.

Authorities say residents should report aggressive or threatening animals to law enforcement or animal control immediately. And although you may have an impulse to scare off rabid animals from family or pets, they say you shouldn't do it. Leave it alone and call for help.

For more information on rabies in Worcester County, click here: http://worcesterhealth.info/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=171&Itemid=163

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