The Rhode Island Department of Health has described the two people who had been treated for exposure to the rabies infection since September after encounters with the rabid wild animals in Narragansett. The department additionally famous four wild animals from Narragansett have examined optimistic for the doubtless lethal virus.
Four animals provided for testing at RIDOH’s State health Laboratories have examined constructive for rabies this 12 months. The primary got here in March and anxious a rabid skunk on Tarzwell Drive. In August, a raccoon noticed on Kathy Road examined optimistic for the infection. In September, a woodchuck/groundhog seen on OnondegaHighway was confirmed to own the virus. Most not too long ago, this month, a skunk on Wild Discipline Farm Street examined constructive for rabies after an encounter with a canine within the yard of a residence on the road.
“We obtained affirmation that one other skunk that was captured on Friday, Oct. 18, after attacking a canine, examined constructive for rabies,” wrote Narragansett Animal Management on its Fb web page on Oct. 21. Residents have grown to be involved concerning the prevalence of the virus regionally, although RIDOH acknowledged the rise in certain instances of the infection was not trigger for alarm.
“The variety of rabid animals recognized in any given group varies from yr to yr,” mentioned Joseph Wendelken, RIDOH Public Information Officer. “The variety of rabies-constructive animals [confirmed in Narragansett] in 2019 has been larger than anticipated. However, we’re coping with comparatively small numbers. The rise in 2019 shouldn’t be thought of statistically vital; that means that the rise is probably going because of likelihood. For instance, we’ve seen 12 months-to-12 months will increase like this in different communities before now.”
In keeping with RIDOH, five wild animals from Narragansett had been examined by the division in 2016 four in 2017. And all these exams were negative. In 2019 seven animals have tested by RIDOH. Four have tested positive.