Preston County has documented its first confirmed case of rabies in 2019, according to the Preston County Health Department.
V.J. Davis, the administrator of the department, said that a raccoon had been killed and sent in for rabies testing because of human exposure. Upon its conclusions, the test revealed the raccoon had the rabies virus.
No one who handled the raccoon was exposed to the virus, nor did anyone require shots or immunization as a result of the testing, according to Davis. This is the first confirmed case of rabies in Preston County in more than a year.
Davis also said the Preston County Health Department wanted to inform the public that though this is the first confirmed case of rabies this year, the virus has been in the animal population for much longer, and residents should be wary when dealing with wild animals.
The department also warned that all animals and pets in a person’s care should be vaccinated to prevent the spread of the disease.