Racoon tests positive for rabies in Monongalia County

Monongalia and Preston

Earlier this month a racoon tested positive for rabies in West Virginia. 

Rabies is a fatal virus disease affecting wildlife. 

It was found in National, a community in Monongalia County.

In light of this, the Monongalia Health Department is advising citizens on what actions to take in the case of coming in contact with an animal that may have rabies. 

Officials at the health department said it is important to wash the wound immediately if bitten or scratched by an animal.

“And then they should contact their healthcare provider. And you shouldn’t really delay in seeking treatment from your healthcare provider, because rabies in humans is 100% fatal if untreated, but is 100% treatable, if you seek treatment in time,” said Diane Gross, Monongalia County Health Department. 

Nearly 500 animals test positive for rabies every year in West Virginia. 

To find out more information on rabies prevention, just visit the Monongalia Health Department Facebook Page @ wvmchd or their website.

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