BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – Mahoning County health officials have identified a raccoon with rabies in Boardman, according to a press release sent Tuesday.
According to the release, someone told officials that their dog had a run-in with the raccoon. Health officials said that the dog is current on its rabies vaccinations but is being quarantined for 45 as a precautionary measure.
According to the Mahoning County District Board of Health, you can prevent the spread of rabies by taking the following precautions:
· Vaccinate your pets.
· Maintain control of your pets to reduce their exposure to wildlife.
· Spay or neuter to decrease the number of stray animals.
· Avoid contact with wildlife and stray animals.
· Wash any animal bite areas thoroughly and follow up with a physician.
· Report any bite incidents to your local health department.
“Residents should be vigilant and not interact with or feed wildlife,” said Mahoning County Director of Environmental Health Ryan Tekac. “Pets should be fed indoors and trash can lids secured to avoid attracting wildlife onto your property.”
Rabies is a fatal viral disease and a serious public health threat. All mammals, such as raccoons, skunks, foxes and bats, are believed to susceptible to the disease. Rabies is most often transmitted through bites and scratches from unvaccinated pets, strays, and wildlife.
If you find a suspected sick or dead raccoon, skunk, or fox that is not decayed or displays signs of cranial damage, please contact your local health department for surveillance purposes:
- If found in the city of Youngstown, please contact the Youngstown City Health District at (330) 743-3333
- If found in all other Mahoning County communities, please contact the Mahoning County District Board of Health at (330) 270-2855 menu selection #2.