Cases of rabies down in Missouri

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LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. (AP) – State health officials say although three rabid bats have been found this summer in a Kansas City suburb, the statewide number of rabies cases is down.

One person was bitten by one of the rabid bats found in Lee’s Summit since June 1 and has been treated for the bite.

The Kansas City Star reports there have been 14 rabies cases reported in animals this year in Missouri. Seven were rabid bats and the others were infected skunks.

Officials also say the number of rabid cases this year is substantially lower than the 39 rabies cases reported for the same time last year. Missouri usually has about 50 rabid animals that are detected annually.

Kansas has had 26 cases of animal rabies reported this year. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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