Record-Breaking Year for Rabies in Illinois

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State health officials and wildlife experts have no answer for a worrisome statistic: The number of rabies cases in Illinois this year is the highest on record.

So far, there have been 99 confirmed rabies cases among bats--almost double the previous highs of 51, set in 2004 and 2005.

Since 1996, bats have accounted for 97% of the animal rabies cases in Illinois. But other animals,

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