Public health officials issue a rabies reminder

State and local public health officials are reminding Montanans to be aware of the risk for exposure to rabies as summer approaches. Encounters between humans and wild animals often increase in spring and summer months because of the time spent hiking and engaging in other outdoor activities.

From 2010 to 2016, 141 animals submitted for testing to the Montana Department of Livestock (DOL) were positive for rabies. Most of the animals were bats (67%), some were skunks (26%), and a few were other wild and domestic animals.

Rabies is a fatal disease. The rabies virus is carried in the saliva of i...