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SHERIDAN, Wyo. — The city of Sheridan has confirmed four cases of animal rabies in the past month, a significant increase over previous years.

Community Service Officer Kris Walker says there had been only one other confirmed case in 2009 before the past month and no confirmed cases during the previous four years.

Walker says four of the confirmed cases were in skunks and one case was in a bat. Numbers for Sheridan County were not immediately available.

Walker advises residents who see a skunk or raccoon during daylight hours to report it to the police department.

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Domestic animals account for less than 10 percent of the reported rabies cases, according to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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