Rabies Case Alert - July 6th, 2023
For more information contact: Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts (RCAHD)
Environmental Health Division • (540) 204-9928
Rabies Case Alert
July 6th, 2023
For more information contact:
Roanoke City and Alleghany
Health Districts (RCAHD)
Environmental Health Division (540) 204-9928
RABIES CASE CONFIRMED IN CATAWBA, VA
Health officials have confirmed the presence of rabies in the area of:
Turnpike Creek Farm Road, Catawba, VA 24070
A raccoon was confirmed positive for rabies by the Virginia Department of Health on
7/6/2023 in the area of Turnpike Creek Farm Road, Catawba, VA. Craig County Animal
Control collected the raccoon on 7/3/2023. Please contact the Roanoke-Alleghany
Environmental Health Division or the Craig County Animal Control if you know of any
possible human or animal contact with this raccoon.
Please contact the RCAHD Environmental Health Division or Roanoke City
Animal Control if you know of any possible human or animal contact with this fox.
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, 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 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 540-204-9928..
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.