Another cow rabies outbreak reported

The second outbreak of bovine rabies this year has taken place in San Ramón, Guaycará, Golfito.  The Servicio Nacional de Salud Animal said that one cow has died already.

The disease is carried by vampire bats that bite cows to feed on their blood and transfer inadvertently the virus disease.

The animal health agency said that the finca where the cow died has been put under quarantine and that efforts are being made to reduce the bat population. There are 20 cows on the finca, the agency said.

Adjacent properties also are being inspected for sick animals, which may include dogs, said the agency.

Humans can get the disease with contact from infected animals, the agency noted by way of a caution.

Agricultural officials blame this type of critter for the Golfito death.

Agricultural officials blame this type of critter for the Golfito death.

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