As water levels drop in Central Texas, incidents of rabies rise
The drought made 2011 a bad year for wildlife in Texas. But it was a bountiful year for rabies, especially in Central Texas. During times of drought as water supplies dry up, more animals congregate at the remaining water sources, making it easier for disease to spread, said health department veterinarians.
Samples of tissue from 1,018 animals tested positive for the disease — the most since 2008, according to statistics kept by the Texas Department of State Health Services. That's a 30 percent increase over 2010, when Texas had the most cases in the United States.
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