Rabies is a Serious Concern in Pa.

By Mari A. Schaefer, Philly.com

he memo from state health officials went out last month to some Pennsylvania veterinarians. The news about rabies, it said, was “not good.”

For the third straight year, Pennsylvania will likely top all other states in reported cases of rabies in domestic animals. Through November, the state reported 70 cases, surpassing its 2009 total of 65.

“I am fairly sure our title will be held for a third year running of most rabid domestic animals in the U.S.,” a regional veterinarian with the state’s Department of Agriculture said in the memo.

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