A law that takes effect July 1 requires Virginia communities to offer low-cost rabies vaccinations for pets every other year. The state has had one human case of rabies in the past six years, but many cases are documented in wild and domestic animals annually, with 184 to date in 2013. Raccoons, bats, bears and horses are among the species infected so far this year. Vaccinating pets and keeping them from roaming are among the steps owners can take to protect their animals and themselves.
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