Mercer County reports 1st rabies case of 2014

GREEN VALLEY, W.Va. (AP) — An infected raccoon is the first confirmed case of rabies in Mercer County this year.

The Mercer County Health Department says a dog attacked the raccoon on May 3 in the Wright Mountain area. Samples tested by the state showed that the raccoon was rabid.

Sanitarian Andrew Whittaker tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraph that residents should be watch for animals with unusual behavior.

He says the rabid raccoon was out during the day. That’s a sign of rabies because raccoons typically are nocturnal.

Whittaker says other signs are unusual aggressiveness, sluggishness and confusion.

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