The Mahoning County District Board of Health has given notice that laboratory reports recently confirmed a raccoon found in Canfield City was positive for the rabies virus variant common to raccoons in the Eastern United States. The raccoon was found in the vicinity of Colonial Drive in Canfield.
Although there were no known exposures to animals or humans in this case, the Board of Health is reminding residents to protect themselves from the ever-present threat of rabies by following these precautions:
- Do not feed, touch or adopt wild animals and be cautious around stray cats and dogs.
- Teach children to leave wildlife alone and be sure that your child knows to tell you if an animal bites or scratches them.
- Have your pet cats, dogs, and ferrets vaccinated for rabies and keep their vaccinations current.
- Keep trash can lids secure. Open containers can attract wildlife.
- Feed pets indoors. Never leave food outdoors that can attract wildlife.
- Report any bite incidents to your local health department and call your doctor for medical advice.
Rabies is a fatal viral zoonosis and a serious public health threat. All mammals, such as raccoons, skunks, foxes and bats, are believed susceptible to the disease. Rabies is transmitted when the virus is introduced into bite wounds, open cuts in skin, or onto mucous membranes from saliva.
If you find a dead raccoon, skunk, or fox that is not decayed or involved in a pet or human exposure, 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.
More information on rabies or a copy of the Rabies Vaccination Clinic flier can be found at www.mahoninghealth.org.
The district's spring Rabies Vaccination Clinic for dogs, cats, and ferrets is $6 per shot and planned for 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18 at Berlin Township Fire Station, 15801 West Akron-Canfield Road, Berlin Center.