So far in 2013, five cases of RRV (raccoon-rabies virus) have been confirmed in Ohio, including 4 raccoons in Mahoning County and 1 cat in Trumball County. Rabies is a viral disease that affects mammals and people. It is almost always fatal. The rabies virus is found in the saliva of affected animals, most often raccoons, skunks, and bats. Animal bites are the most common routes of exposure.
While not common in Lawrence County, it is important to take precaution. To protect your family against this still deadly disease:
- Avoid contact with wild animals and animals you do not know
- Vaccinate your pets against rabies and keep their shots current
- If bitten, call your doctor
- If your pet comes in contact with a wild animal, call your veterinarian
- All potential rabies exposures should be reported to your local health department
- It is illegal in Ohio to live trap, move, and release raccoons as this can lead to the spread of rabies across the state.