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Thursday, April 3, 2008

84 Cows Put Down in West Virginia due to Rabies

Cows that were infected by a rabid skunk had to be put down due to the spread of rabies.

"This many cattle is abnormal, but it just so happens all of these animals were in close confinement on feed,” said Douglass. "The skunk did get in and went through every one of the pens. I guess it was quite a smell they had kicked up there."

Douglass says there has been an alarming rise in the number of wildlife cases of rabies in the region. He's advising all pet owners to make sure vaccinations are up to date on dogs and cats. There is also a vaccination available to protect livestock herds.

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