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Rabies Virus Event Raises Awareness During Warm Weather Months

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- With warmer weather and more people enjoying the outdoors in the Ozarks, rabies safety becomes an issue.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- With warmer weather and more people enjoying the outdoors in the Ozarks, rabies safety becomes

Springfield-Greene County Animal Control and the Springfield Animal Advocacy Foundation in Springfield teamed up at an informational seminar to raise awareness for the rabies virus.

Pet owners were encouraged to attend if they have pets needing rabies vaccinations but cannot afford the cost of a private veterinarian.

Rabies is a viral disease of mammals and is transmitted primarily through bites. Annually, 7,000 to 8,000 rabid animals are detected in the United States, with more than 90 percent of the cases in wild animals. Rabies is found naturally in Missouri, occurring primarily in bats and skunks, although other animals are also found rabid each year, including domestic species such as dogs, cats, horses, and cattle.


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