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Bat tests positive for rabies in Poland Township

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POLAND TWP., Ohio - A bat found in the vicinity of James Street in Poland Township has tested positive for the rabies virus.

According to an Ohio Department of Health, the positive test result brings the total 2013 rabies cases in Mahoning County to five.

This year in Mahoning County, one positive bat resulted in two human exposures, and 4 positive raccoons resulted in three human exposures.

Rabies is considered 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 or scratches in skin, or onto mucous membranes from saliva.  

The Mahoning County District Board of Health is reminding residents to protect themselves from the 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.
  • If bitten or scratched, call your doctor for medical advice.

If your pet has contact with a wild animal, call your veterinarian.

Report any bite or scratch incidents or other exposures to your local health department.

Please contact the Youngstown City Health District at (330) 743-3333 if you are involved in a pet or human exposure in Youngstown.

The Mahoning County District Board of Health is sponsoring a rabies vaccination clinic for dogs, cats, and ferrets on Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 1-4 p.m. 

The clinic will be held at the Struthers Police Department Garage, located on 6 Elm Street.

Rabies vaccination for all dogs, cats, and ferrets over 3 months of age is required in Mahoning County.  

No appointment is necessary for the clinic.

The cost is $6.00 per shot.  

 

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