Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Raccoon tests positive for rabies in Pittsylvania County

Another confirmed case of rabies has appeared in Pittsylvania County.

Residents in the Laniers Mill Road area should be aware of a raccoon that tested positive for rabies Tuesday, according to a release from the Virginia Department of Health. There is a possibility the raccoon came into contact with other neighborhood animals.

Unvaccinated animals — dogs, cats, ferrets, horses, etc. — should be vaccinated immediately. Rabies is transmitted through bites, scratches or “by getting saliva or brain tissue in an open wound or in the eye or mouth,” stated the release.