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Arizona towns to quarantine cats in response to rabies outbreak

June 2, 2010 |  2:16 pm

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — A persistent rabies outbreak has prompted a renewed cat quarantine in areas around Flagstaff through at least mid-September.

The lockdown of domestic cats will allow health and wildlife officials to trap local wildlife and to disperse vaccine in feed packets scattered in the area. Dogs are already subject to leash laws.

Rabies vaccine packets will also be scattered using airdrops in areas from Williams to Winona and prompt localized lockdowns lasting about two weeks.

Coconino County's Board of Supervisors approved the quarantine on Tuesday for east Flagstaff, Mount Elden and Cheshire. It takes effect in two weeks.

Last year, 35 wild animals tested positive for rabies in the county and one man was attacked by a rabid animal in his driveway.

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-- Associated Press

Photo: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

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