Rabies Case Reported

WHEELING – The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is warning people to avoid contact with raccoons after one tested positive for rabies.

A raccoon found along the Middle Creek/Union Hill Road area of Triadelphia tested positive for rabies. This is the first laboratory confirmed animal rabies case in Ohio County for 2014.

The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department and other county health departments in West Virginia, along with the United States Department of Agriculture-Wildlife Services regularly test animals for rabies throughout the year. Department officials warn residents of Ohio County to be wary of animals acting strangely or aggressively.

The health department also reminds residents to keep their pet’s vaccinations up to date. Rabies is a virus capable of infecting warm-blooded animals. Residents should also control and secure garbage in and around homes and businesses.

For more information contact the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department at 304-234-3682 or visit ohiocountyhealth.com.