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County issues rabies reminder

August 29th, 2014 - 5:38am

(Port Angeles) In light of a rabid bat found at Lake Crescent, Clallam County sheriff's officials are reminding pet owners they're required to have their animals vaccinated for the virus.

It's a state requirement that dogs and cats be vaccinated for rabies.

While issuing the warning, sheriff's officials say they don't feel there is any greater danger of rabid animals in Clallam County now than there has been in the past. But they say that safety level has only by vaccination programs.

Each year, about 500 animals in Washington are tested for rabies, mostly bats.

In 2011, 201 bats were tested and 11 were infected with rabies.

The last reported case of rabies in an animal other than a bat in our state was in 2002. A cat developed rabies after catching a rabid bat. The last reported cases of people infected with rabies in Washington were in 1995 and 1997.

A Port Angeles man underwent rabies treatment earlier this month when he was scratched by a bat while sitting near the shore at Lake Crescent Lodge. The bat was captured and tested positive for rabies.

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