According to the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department, a wild raccoon found in Wheeling has tested positive for rabies.
The raccoon was collected on Thursday in the Woodsdale/Edgewood area in Wheeling and tested positive the next day. This is the first laboratory-confirmed case of rabies in the county for 2019.
Officials are warning residents to be wary of any animals acting strangely or aggressively and also reminding residents to keep their pets’ vaccinations up to date.
Rabies is a virus that mainly affects the brain and is capable of infecting warm-blooded animals. It is usually spread by the bite or scratch of an animal.
For more information, Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department asks you to contact them at (304) 234-3682, or visit their website at www.ohiocountyhealth.com.