Still, the Newbury Board of Health is advising all residents to avoid contact with wild animals, whether alive or dead. Residents should also call Newbury police so they can dispatch the departments animal control officer should they come across animals that are behaving strangely. The Board of Health is asking residents to make sure pet rabies vaccinations are up to date, and those who believe they may have been in contact with any wild animal should seek medical attention at once. Removing bird feeders and making sure trash barrels are secure are also recommended. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, rabies can be transmitted through the saliva of an infected animal. The vast majority of cases come as the result of a bite from a fox, raccoon, bat or skunk. Human cases of rabies in Massachusetts are very rare, according to the Department of Public Health, with the last fatal case being reported in 1983. In that case, the victim contracted the virus while in Nigeria.
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Utsman stood with Chic Wigs store manager Tabatha Ellis in the store and amid dozens of styles of wigs. Do you wear a wig? came a question for Ellis. No, said Ellis. Utsman replied eagerly. Mine is! she said. I think I had more hair when I was born.
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