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Ohio County Officials Announce Upcoming Rabies Clinics for 2020

Rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats will take place across Ohio County beginning next week.

The clinics are sponsored by Ohio County Animal Control and the Ohio County Commission, and will take place starting June 30 through July 7.

Clinics are scheduled take place from 5-7 p.m. at the following locations:

* June 30 — Madison Elementary School, 91 Zane St., Wheeling Island

* July 1 — Ritchie Elementary School, 3700 Wood St., South Wheeling

* July 2 — Warwood Elementary School, 1200 Richland Ave., Warwood

* July 6 — West Liberty Elementary School, 745 Van Meter Way, West Liberty

* July 7 — Woodsdale Elementary School, 1 Bethany Pike, Woodsdale

* July 8 — City-County Building, 1500 Chapline St., downtown Wheeling

* July 9 — Valley Grove Community Center , 8566 National Road, Valley Grove

* July 10 — Bridge Street Middle School, 19 Junior Ave., Elm Grove.

All animals must be on a leash or in a pet carrier. The cost for vaccination is $8 per animal. Rabies vaccinations for pets are a way of preventing the spread of rabies in a community.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, rabies can spread to people and pets if they are bitten or scratched by a rabid animal.

In the United States, rabies is mostly found in wild animals like bats, raccoons, skunks and foxes.

Dogs can also carry rabies, and most rabies deaths in people around the world are caused by dog bites.

The rabies virus infects the central nervous system.

If a person does not receive the appropriate medical care after a potential rabies exposure, the virus can cause disease in the brain, ultimately resulting in death.

Rabies can be prevented by vaccinating pets, staying away from wildlife, and seeking medical care after potential exposures before symptoms start, the CDC states.

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