|Updated: 8/28/2012 10:27 am
||Published: 8/27/2012 10:36 pm
Weeks later and we're still seeing the affects.
Scorching temperatures prolonged drought across the state, and eventually brought wildfires, destroying homes for residents and wildlife.
"More people are coming in contact with wildlife out of the norm," said Oklahoma Wildlife Control Limited Liability owner Reginald Murray.
Murray said once the fires stopped, calls started coming. People complaining about coyotes, foxes, bats, even skunk. All of them are possible carriers of rabies.
"Wildlife displaced because of wildfire so that's pushing a heavier population,” said Murray.
Water rationing didn't stop everyone from turning on the sprinklers. And while it may have kept lawns green, it also attracted wildlife, by providing another source for water.
"The rabies virus attacks the central nervous system," said Murray.
Murray said the virus could come without symptoms for up to 10 days. During that period here's what to watch for: confusion, agitation, hallucinations, and insomnia.