New cases of rabies have Garland County officials warning residents to beware of wildlife, reports the AP.
According to the Arkansas State Department of Health, more than 50 animals have tested positive for rabies so far this year, just 10 less than last year’s total of 60 cases.
KTHV-TV reports that the most recent cases were found in Garland County. Hot Springs Animal Services director Dan Bugg says his agency submitted two bats and a skunk for rabies testing and the results came back positive.
Officials found the infected animals outside of Hot Springs city limits. Statewide, 52 animals have tested positive for the virus. Bugg says cats and dogs are the first to have contact with rabies-infected animals, and he urged pet owners to make sure their animals are vaccinated.