Rabies has almost been eliminated in the United States - almost, but not entirely. Every year there are still one or two human deaths from the disease, and several thousand cases of rabies in animals reported.
State and local officials say they're concerned with the number of rabies cases that have been reported in Shelby County.
WBRC-TV reported Thursday that (http://bit.ly/1bPSRL4 ) 21 rabies cases have been reported in the county since January.
Alabama USDA Director Frank Boyd says health and wildlife officials are trapping raccoons in the area to test them for rabies, and to try finding out whether the cases are confined to any specific area.
Even though rabies is 100% preventable, the sad fact is that every ten minutes someone somewhere in the world dies from rabies. The Global Alliance for Rabies Control hopes to change with its awareness campaign, the annual World Rabies Day.