Raccoon killed by dogs tests positive for rabies

A raccoon killed by two dogs in the Cheat Lake area tested positive for rabies, according to the Monongalia County Health Department.
The dogs are being treated, as is their owner.
In a press release, the health department said the raccoon was behaving oddly when it was killed by the dogs on Feb. 7 on property on Tyrone Avery Road.
Health department officials received confirmation this week, and said it is the first confirmed rabies case of 2019.
The owner cleaned up her dogs, which had been vaccinated for rabies, and bagged up the raccoon and took it to the Monongalia County Canine Adoption Center.
From there, it was sent to the state lab for testing. The dogs were re-vaccinated and will be confined and observed for 45 days. The owner, who was possibly exposed to rabies, is undergoing rabies post-exposure prophylaxis treatment.
“We have not had a positive rabies case in the Cheat Lake area in a long time, but we know there is rabies in all parts of Monongalia County,” said Jon W. Welch, a registered sanitarian and program manager of MCHD Environmental Health.
MCHD urges everyone to avoid animals they do not know, including raccoons and bats. This warning applies year-round.
Pet owners who have not gotten their dogs and cats vaccinated for rabies should do so immediately, the health department said.
In 2018, Monongalia County had four confirmed cases of rabies: two in raccoons that had encounters with pets and two involving cats. Three of the incidents took place in the National area and one on Grafton Road.

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