- Associated Press - Monday, July 21, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - More than 100 rabies cases have been reported in Arkansas through the end of June - a figure nearly double the norm of just 54 cases in a year.

State health and animal science experts say that of the 103 cases, 86 have been confirmed in skunks. Experts say most of the rabies cases are found skunks and bats.

Pulaski and Lonoke counties have the most cases, with 26 for Pulaski and 13 for Lonoke.

Tom Troxel, associate head of animal science for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, says the reason for the outbreak is unknown.

Rabies is a deadly viral disease that affects the nervous system of mammals. It’s considered one of the most infectious diseases and is fatal for both animals and humans.