NEW YORK (AP) — The city's health department reports a big increase in the number of documented rabies cases on Staten Island for 2013.
There were 6 cases reported in 2012 and 49 last year.
There were just 4 documented cases in the rest of the city last year.
The Advance (http://bit.ly/1szXxrn ) says Assemblyman Joseph Borelli is urging health officials to curb the problem before the summer season.
He says "trap, vaccinate and release" is considered a successful approach.
Another technique is planting wooded areas with food that contains a rabies vaccine.
Information from: Staten Island Advance, http://www.silive.com