Mercer County reports 1st rabies case of 2014

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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 (http://bit.ly/1nEAqf6 ) 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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Information from: Bluefield Daily Telegraph, http://www.bdtonline.com

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