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Expert says rabid squirrel is rare

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -- Experts say Iowa City's case of a rabid squirrel is "extraordinarily rare."

The squirrel bit a woman on her foot Friday.  She then locked it in her garage.  The squirrel bit an animal control officer who captured it on Saturday.

The squirrel tested positive for rabies at the Iowa Hygienic laboratory. According to a lab spokesperson, there have only been two other cases in the U.S. in the past ten years in which a squirrel tested positive for rabies.

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