VT Health Dept.: Four Rabid Animal Cases Reported in Chittenden County

By Joe Gullo

Published 04/11 2014 11:44AM

Updated 04/11 2014 06:16PM

BURLINGTON, Vt. - According to the Vermont Health Department, there have been four rabid animal cases reported in Chittenden County in the past 10 days.

The animals, all raccoons, were trapped in Burlington and South Burlington and have tested positive for the disease. 

“This is a good reminder to vaccinate your pets and not attract wild animals with food, compost, bird seed or exposed trash,” said Robert Johnson, DVM, state public health veterinarian. 

The Health Department says there have been 11 cases of rabies so far this year among raccoons, skunks, and a bobcat in Clarendon, Vt.

The public is urged to avoid contact with wild animals. Anyone who notices an animal acting strangely should contact the Vermont Rabies Hotline at 1-800-472-2437 (Mon - Fri 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) or (802)-223-8697.

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