Staff Report

Associated Press

GATESVILLE, TEXAS - A Central Texas county is dealing with its worst outbreak of rabies in more than a decade.

Coryell County had 26 cases of the disease in animals last year and officials have determined at least three already in 2014.

Most of the cases involve skunks - 21 of them last year.

The Temple Telegram reports the outbreak is the highest since 23 cases were found in 2002.

State health officials have expanded a program started in 2012 in Fort Bend County where small packets of vaccine are dropped from airplanes. But Coryell and neighboring Bell and Lampasas counties so far aren't included.