Another rabid raccoon found

A fourth raccoon has tested positive for rabies in Mahoning County.

The raccoon was found near Market Street and Meadowbrook Avenue in Boardman Township.

Officials from the local USDA Wildlife Services confirmed the positive test results. The animal was sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for variant typing.

Throughout April and May, three raccoons found in Struthers, Boardman Township and Canfield tested positive for the rabies virus.

Rabies is a fatal viral disease. All mammals, such as raccoons, skunks, foxes and bats, are believed susceptible to the disease. Rabies is most often transmitted through bites and scratches from unvaccinated pets, strays, and wildlife.

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