Rabies Case Alert - March 10th, 2023
For more information contact: Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts (RCAHD)
Environmental Health Division • (540) 204-9928
Rabies Case Alert
March 10th, 2023
For more information contact:
Roanoke City and Alleghany
Health Districts (RCAHD)
Environmental Health Division (540) 204-9928
RABIES CASE CONFIRMED IN CITY OF SALEM
Health officials have confirmed the presence of rabies in the area of:
Niblick Drive, Salem, VA 24153
A skunk was confirmed positive for rabies by the Virginia Department of Health on 3/7/23 in the area Niblick Drive in Salem, VA. Salem Animal Control collected the skunk on 3/4/23.
Please contact the RCAHD Environmental Health Division or the Salem 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 domestic animals through vaccinations, but is fatal to both animals and humans if left untreated. Exposure to rabies is considered:
- any time a bite or scratch (or other circumstance) allows saliva or central nervous system tissue from a potentially rabid animal to enter an open, fresh wound.
- when rabid tissue enters a mucous membrane via the eye, mouth, or nose.
The Code of Virginia §3.2-6521 requires pet owners to maintain current rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats aged four months and older. Citizens should not approach or touch any wild or stray animals and should report any abnormal animal behavior to their local animal control dispatcher. All animal bites and rabies exposures (from wild and domestic animals) must be reported to the RCAHD Environmental Health Division at 540-204-9764.
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 of 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 to an animal with rabies.