CENTRAL TEXAS (March 12, 2013)--According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, some local counties experienced an increase in animals who tested positive for rabies in 2012.
Bell, Bosque, and Llano counties all saw a rise in rabies cases while Lampasas and San Saba saw a decline.
Bell County cases have steadily risen by one over the last three years beginning with 6 cases reported in 2010.
Bosque County had no reported cases in 2010 but rose to 5 cases in 2012.
The most dramatic increase was Llano County, west of Georgetown, who went from 6 cases reported in 2010 to 27 cases in 2012.
Of the animals who tested positive in those counties, bats and skunks comprised the highest number.
Only one case was reported in Lampasas County.
In all, a total of 308 cases were reported in 30 counties in 2012, up 50 from 2010 but down 131 from 2011, according to the Department of State Health Services.