Rabid coon found in W.Va. park, rabies clinic set in EL

East Liverpool Health District is offering a rabies clinic on May 18 at Westgate Middle School for dogs and cats. Pictured are Mathew Schleef with Sora (front from left), Tori Hoon with Tonka, Amanda Corbin with Max; Dr. Michael Sandy (back from left), Beth Fulton with Rollo, Dr. Ashley Veine-Smith with Ellie, Brittany Johnson with Frankie, Rich Loy. Dr. Jennifer Sandy with Roger, and Stephanie Voght. The cost is $5 per pet. (Submitted photo)

As one local entity reports a rabid coon in their jurisdiction, another is gearing up for an upcoming rabies clinic.

A raccoon recently retrieved from Tomlinson Run State Park in Hancock County tested positive for rabies.

The Hancock County Health Department urges residents to proceed with caution around wild animals in the outdoors, especialy raccoons, skunks and foxes.

Bats can also have the virus, officials remind, and cats, dogs and livestock also can get the virus if they are not vaccinated.

They urge to execute extreme caution around animals that are displaying strange behavior, such as nocturnal animals up in the daylight, staggering while walking or acting fearlessness around humans.

Dogs are required by law to be vaccinated against rabies by the age of six months.

According to East Liverpool Health Commissioner Carol Cowan, there has been six bat and raccoon cases that tested positive in Ohio this year per state officials.

As a rabies prevention program to protect people from the spread of wildlife rabies to people and pets, the East Liverpool City Health District is partnering with the Community Animal Clinic in East Liverpool to offer a rabies vaccine clinic for dogs and cats from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Westgate Middle School.

The cost is $5 per pet. Dogs must be on leashes and cats in carriers or cages. Any questions, please call the East Liverpool City Health District at 330-385-7900.

Rabies is a virus that attacks the brain and nervous system and is transmitted through infected saliva of the host animal and passed to an uninfected animal or human. The most common route of transmission is through a bite from an infected host.

The rabies vaccine for your pets prevents them from getting rabies if they were bitten by a rabid animal. For more information on rabies and prevention please visit the website Eastliverpool.com/departments/health-department/