An increase in the number of animal rabies cases has prompted state health officials to issue a statewide public health advisory. Doctor Howard Pue, the State Health Department’s Public Health Veterinarian, says we’re seeing an unusually high number of rabies cases. He says what is unusual is that three cases have been found in domestic animals – two horses and a cow – which is above and beyond rabies being detected in small wild animals. Doctor Pue says there were 73 rabid animals detected last year in Missouri. They included 54 bats, 17 skunks, one dog, and one horse. So far, this year, 54 rabid animals have been detected, including 44 bats, seven skunks, two horses and a cow.

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State Health Department Advisory