December 1, 2010
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RABID ANIMALS CONFIRMED IN BOTETOURT COUNTY VIRGINIA
(ROANOKE, Virginia) – Officials from the Virginia Department of Health have confirmed a significant local increase recently in rabid animal cases. In Botetourt County 14 rabid animals have been confirmed so far in 2010, as compared to four rabid animals in 2009. Eight of the 14 animals confirmed in Botetourt County were confirmed in November, as follows:
Flyers are being distributed in the involved areas.
A community rabies clinic will be held this Saturday, Dec. 4 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Botetourt Veterinary Hospital (5598 Roanoke Rd., Troutville – near Fincastle) for a cost of $10. Pet owners should bring records of previous rabies vaccinations. For more information on this clinic, contact Sgt. W. D. Horton with the Botetourt County Sheriff’s Office at 540-473-8230.
VDH reminds all residents to help prevent the spread of rabies in the following ways:
Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system. It is preventable in animals through vaccinations, but is almost always fatal to both animals and humans if left untreated. Exposure to rabies is considered any time a bite, scratch or other circumstance where saliva or central nervous system tissue from a potentially rabid animal enters an open, fresh wound or comes in contact with a mucous membrane by entering the eye, mouth, or nose.
Citizens should not approach or touch wild animals, and should report any abnormal behavior involving wild animals. All animal bites and rabies exposures (from wild and domestic animals) must be reported to the Botetourt County Health Department at 540-473-8240 or Botetourt County Animal Control at 540-473-8230 or 911
For more information concerning rabies, visit the Virginia Department of Health’s Rabies Control and Prevention web site at www.vdh.virginia.gov/epi/rabies or call the Botetourt County Health Department at 540-473-8240.