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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Rabies Rages in Poland

WARSAW -- A rabies epidemic caused largely by an overpopulation of foxes is spreading among animals across Poland, according to public television.

"Every day new cases of rabies are being reported and there are now 700 hot spots of the disease in the country," the television said.

The epidemic was at its worst in the southern province of Radom which had declared a special rabies alert, and was also raging in two other southern provinces -- Rzeszow and Przemysl -- as well as Elblag in the north.

Nearly all foxes are reportedly infected, and health officials fear stray dogs and cats could soon become carriers.

The last rabies-related human death occurred in Poland 11 years ago.