Rabies cases are on the rise, with four reported in the past ten days in the Roanoke area.  Robert Parker with the Virginia Health Department says it’s a good time to take advantage of low-cost rabies vaccination clinics.  The Salem Civic Center plays host to a big clinic Saturday, April 16.

Parker says rabies shows up most often in raccoons, skunks and foxes.  So far this year in the Roanoke/Alleghany region, 18 cases have been reported, compared to 41 cases reported all of last year.

He recommends registering on-line for the clinic Saturday, April 16 at the Salem Civic Center.  The clinic is from 9:00 a.m. to noon.  Up to 1,000 doses will be given out.  The $5 fee is cash only, dogs and cats must be at least three months old and on a leash or in a carrier.