Rabies Case Alert - September 7, 2022
For more information contact: Botetourt County Health Department
Environmental Health Division • (540) 666-4275
Rabies Case Alert
September 7th, 2022
For more information contact:
Environmental Health Division (540) 666-4275
RABIES CASE CONFIRMED IN BOTETOURT COUNTY
Health officials have confirmed the presence of rabies in the area of
Catawba Road, Troutville VA 24175
A skunk was confirmed positive for rabies by the Virginia Department of Health on 9/7/2022 in the area between Blacksburg Road and Haymakertown Road in Troutville, VA. Botetourt County Animal Control collected the skunk on 9/2/2022. Please contact the Roanoke County Health Department or Botetourt County Animal Control if you know of any possible human or animal contact with this skunk.
Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system. It is preventable in animals through vaccinations, but is 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.
The State Code of Virginia requires pet owners (dogs and cats) to maintain current rabies vaccinations for animals four months old and older. In addition, 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 the Botetourt County Animal Control Dispatcher at (540) 473-8320.
To help prevent the spread of rabies, everyone should:
- AVOID contact with wild animals and domestic animals you do not know.
- REPORT unusual acting animals.
- VACCINATE all your dogs, cats and ferrets, and keep their vaccinations current.
- CALL your doctor and the local health department if you are exposed, or your veterinarian and
local animal control if your pet is exposed.