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Mon County Health Department working to prevent rabies

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Another raccoon in Monongalia County has tested positive for rabies. 

A dog involved in a fight with the raccoon and some people who came into contact with the dog were also affected. This is the tenth rabid raccoon found in the area this year. 

As a result, the Mon County Health Department has requested funds for about 1,000 oral rabies vaccines for raccoons and other mammals. 

“Unfortunately there’s no cure for rabies and while we only see one or two cases a year throughout the nation, it is a fatal disease, so it’s important that people be recognized as potentially exposed early so that they start the necessary immunization series,” said Lee B. Smith, Executive Director for the MCHD.

To prevent rabies, experts recommend making sure garbage cans are tightly sealed, not feeding raccoons or other animals outside, and always keeping pets vaccinated. 

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