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Okla. 8th Nationally In Heartworm Incidence (Jul 25, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A survey by the American Heartworm Society indicates Oklahoma ranks eighth nationally in heartworm incidence in dogs.

The group released results from the study Monday. Of the Oklahoma dogs in the study, 3.2 percent tested positive for the disease in 2010.

The last time the American Heartworm Incidence Survey was conducted, in 2007, Oklahoma ranked 13th nationally with an incidence rate of 2 percent.

The group conducts the survey every three years to track trends in heartworm incidence, using data provided by veterinary clinics.

The top 10 states for heartworm incidence in 2010 were Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Oklahoma, North Carolina and Tennessee.

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