The Norman Transcript

Crime/Courts

April 25, 2013

Rabies cases on the rise

(Continued)

NORMAN —

Cleveland County had zero rabies cases reported in 2012. However, surrounding counties such as McClain, Pottawatomie, Oklahoma and Grady had four or more cases each in 2012.

Health department statistics show the animals that test positive for rabies in Cleveland County are typically bats and skunks. The highest number of rabies cases in the past 10 years in the county has been five skunks and one bat, reported in 2003 and 2004.

The health department only tests animals for rabies if a person or other animals have been exposed. “Exposed” meaning if the animal bit a person or another animal, another animal is known or suspected to have bitten the animal in question or saliva from the animal has come in contact with a person or another animal’s broken skin or mucus membranes.

“Any warm blooded mammal can carry or contract rabies, but the primary carriers in North America are raccoons, skunks, bats, foxes and coyotes,” according to The Humane Society’s facts and safety guidelines for rabies. “Skunks are the dominant rabies victims in the north- and south-central states.”

The Humane Society’s website also states, “only if the typically nocturnal raccoon or skunk is exhibiting abnormal behavior should you seek advice from your local humane society,” adding that in early spring and summer mother raccoons may forage during the day to feed their young.

For more information or statistics about rabies, visit the Oklahoma Department of Health website at www.ok.gov/health/index.html and click on disease, prevention, preparedness or visit the Humane Society website at humanesociety.org/animals/resources/facts/rabies.html.

For local news and more, subscribe to The Norman Transcript Smart Edition, or our print edition.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Crime/Courts
  • Body 1 Police identify woman found dead Monday

    Norman police have identified a woman found dead in her home at 2202 Donna Drive Monday afternoon. Police responded at 1:25 p.m. to the residence of Cassandra Thompson, 30, after receiving a report that she had not shown up for work ...

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Woman arrested for allegedly bringing gun into courthouse

    Cleveland County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Norman woman Friday after she allegedly brought a loaded handgun to the Cleveland County Courthouse. Cynthia Bodnar, 52, of Norman, entered the courthouse through the east entrance shortly ...

    July 29, 2014

  • Man in critical condition after being pinned in wreck

    A Norman man remained in critical condition Monday after a single-vehicle wreck around 10:15 p.m. Sunday at 1100 80th Ave. SE. Norman police believe Justin Davis, 33, was intoxicated when he got tangled in his vehicle and pinned....

    July 29, 2014

  • Teen dies after drowning incident

    After rescue attempts by Good Samaritans and medical crews, Oklahoma Highway Patrol confirmed that a Yukon teen died at 5:50 a.m. Monday after a drowning incident Sunday at Lake Thunderbird....

    July 29, 2014

  • Police log

    Police responded to the following incidents Sunday: · 12:07 a.m. vandalism, 700 block of Asp Avenue · 1:29 a.m. larceny report, 300 block of North Interstate Drive East · 2:50 a.m. larceny report, 300 block of North ...

    July 29, 2014

  • Felonies filed

    The following people were charged with felony counts in the Cleveland County Court Clerk’s Office: · Sheila Ann Chaddock, 30, possession of controlled dangerous substance, public intoxication · Erica Lynn Lancaster, 33, ...

    July 29, 2014

  • Injury accident reported

    Transcript Staff Emergency crews responded to an injury accident around 10:20 p.m. Sunday in the 1000 block of 80th Avenue Southeast where there were reports of someone pinned. Several reports indicated a vehicle struck a tree causing one ...

    July 28, 2014

  • Teen critical after rescue

    A 17-year-old Yukon male was transported to the hospital Sunday after a near drowning incident at Lake Thunderbird in the Party Cove area. Emergency crews responded to the lake after a report of a possible drowning around 5:30 p.m. ...

    July 27, 2014

  • County wreck fatal

    A Purcell man was killed in a single-vehicle wreck Saturday morning on Highway 77, north of Moffatt Road in Cleveland County. Keith Hedrick, 20, was pinned for about an hour and 45 minutes before the Slaughterville Fire Department was ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Junior Police Graduation First Junior Police Academy graduates

    The room went dark and a slideshow flipped through photos of children participating in the first Junior Police Academy as kids chattered excitedly, remembering what they had done over the past two weeks. Norman Police Department hosted ...

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo