LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas health officials say there have been three times as many rabies cases confirmed in animals this year compared to a normal year.
The Arkansas Health Department says 141 rabies cases have been recorded so far in 2012, compared to an annual average of 47 cases.
Little Rock television station KATV reports (http://is.gd/XxfMxG ) the latest case was found in a stray dog that a Pottsville resident took in. A veterinarian had to put the animal down.
The Health Department says that 114 of the cases have been in skunks. Twenty-one cases were in bats, three in dogs and two in cows.
Last year the state had 60 animal cases of rabies.
The virus attacks the central nervous system and can be fatal.
Information from: KATV-TV, http://www.katv.com/