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County Health Department Announces Rabies Case Found in Wheeling

WHEELING – The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department announced Thursday that a raccoon has tested positive for rabies.

The raccoon was found in the Woodsdale area of Wheeling.

The raccoon preliminary tested positive for rabies on Monday, and the test result was confirmed Thursday.

This is the second laboratory confirmed animal rabies case in Ohio County this year. In 2019, two positive rabies cases (a raccoon and a groundhog) were found in the county.

The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is warning residents to be wary of animals acting strangely or aggressively. The health department also reminds residents to keep their pets’ vaccinations up to date.

The health department urges residents not to ground feed any animals, both domestic and wild animals, especially in residential areas. Residents should also control and secure residential garbage waste in and around homes and businesses.

For more information, call the health department at 304-234-3682 or visit its website at www.ohiocountyhealth.com.

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