A second animal in the Wheeling area has tested positive for rabies.
According to the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department, a wild raccoon has tested positive for rabies.
The raccoon was found in the Woodsdale area of Wheeling. The animal was collected on May 9th, and tested positive for rabies on May 14th.
This is the second laboratory confirmed animal rabies case in Ohio County for 2018.
The first confirmed case occurred earlier this month, involving a cat in the Market Street area.
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.
The department is warning residents of Ohio County to be wary of animals acting strangely or aggressively. They are also reminding residents to keep their pet’s vaccinations up to date.
For more information contact the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department at 304.234.3682 or visit their website at www.ohiocountyhealth.com.