WVa Reluctant To Intervene In Rabies Outbreak

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Lewisburg, W.Va. (AP) -- State officials are reluctant to intervene in a Greenbrier County rabies outbreak, although they say they'll discuss the issue with federal agencies.

A letter from Agriculture Commissioner Gus Douglass was read at a county commission meeting Tuesday.

Douglass says his agency and the state Department of Health and Human Resources agree that a short-term drop of vaccinated bait would divert resources from the long-term goal of containing rabies.

Citing a similar outbreak in Mercer County last year, Douglass says such localized increases are usually short-lived.

Douglass says State Veterinarian Gary Kinder will discuss the outbreak with federal officials later this summer.

Greenbrier County has recorded almost as many positive rabies tests this year as in the past eight years combined.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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