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Animals with rabies on the rise in Bowman County

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Dickinson North Dakota 1815 1st Street West 58602

There has been an increase in animals testing positive for rabies in Bowman County, according to the North Dakota Department of Health.

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"Since Nov. 28, two skunks and one unvaccinated dog have tested positive for rabies around the city of Bowman," Michelle Feist, epidemiologist with the Department of Health, said in a press release. "Most rabies cases reported are sporadic cases from all over the state, so having three positive rabies cases from one area in a short period of time is unusual.

In the past five years, there has only been one animal that tested positive for rabies from Bowman County."

In addition to the three positive animals, the sightings of skunks and raccoons have increased and may pose a greater risk for rabies.

See Saturday's Dickinson Press for more on the story.

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