A raccoon found in Canfield tested positive for rabies

A raccoon found in Canfield tested positive for rabies


A raccoon found in the Colonial Drive vicinity in Canfield tested positive for rabies. There are no known exposures to animals or humans in this case, Mahoning County health officials said.

Mammals such as raccoons, skunks, foxes and bats are believed susceptible to the rabies virus. People who find a dead raccoon, skunk, or fox that is not decayed or is involved in a pet or human exposure should contact their local health department. Also, they should report bite incidents to the health department and call their doctor for medical advice.

In Youngstown, call the Youngstown City Health District at 330-743-3333. Mahoning County residents should call the Mahoning County District Board of Health at 330-270-2855.

Residents can protect themselves from rabies by taking precautions: Do not feed, touch or adopt wild animals, and be cautious around stray cats and dogs; teach children to leave wildlife alone and to tell an adult of an animal bites or scratches them; vaccinate pet cats, dogs and ferrets for rabies; keep trash can lids secure; and feed pets indoors.

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