Wayne County health officials say they have seen a spike in rabies cases over the last year. And some of those cases may be related to a warmer than usual winter.
The county has seen a total of 13 confirmed rabies cases since January of last year, including raccoons, foxes, a dog and a horse.
Veronica Lafave-Boughton is rabies coordinator for Wayne County. She says they’ve had cases in January that they might not normally see, and that’s because the milder than usual temperatures means animals like raccoons aren’t hibernating like they normally would.