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Drought Brings Rabies Boom

November 01, 2002|From Associated Press

MESA, Ariz. — Drought conditions in Arizona are contributing to what state health officials expect to be a record-breaking year for the number of animal rabies infections.

The state tied last year's record of 129 animals testing positive for rabies when a bat was found on a Phoenix mountain this week.

Reports of rabid foxes chasing hikers and rabid bats floating in pools are more common, said Craig Levy of the Arizona Department of Health Services.

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