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Second rabid raccoon found in Mahoning County

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BOARDMAN TWP., Ohio - Another rabid raccoon was indentified in Mahoning County.

Lab reports confirmed that a raccoon found in Boardman Township was positive for the rabies virus. The raccoon was found in the vicinity of Cherry Hill Place. This is the second positive raccoon in Mahoning County this season.

The specimen was subsequently sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for variant typing, which confirmed the preliminary report.

Although there were no known exposures to animals or humans in this case, the Mahoning County District 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 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

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