Health officials discover second rabid animal in Galax in less than a week

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GALAX, Va. (WFXR) — Galax residents are strongly encouraged to make sure their pets’ rabies vaccinations are up to date after health officials reported the second rabid animal discovery in less than a week.

The Mount Rogers Health District says two dogs fought with a raccoon on Russell Lane in southeast Galax on Monday, Feb. 1. Following that fight, health officials announced the raccoon had tested positive for rabies.

If you know of any person or mammal pets that may have come in recent contact with a raccoon in southeast Galax, you are asked to contact the Galax City Health Department at (276) 236-6127 or the Galax Police Department at (276) 236-8101.

“Remember, rabies is fatal once the symptoms appear,” the Mount Rogers Health District said in a Facebook post on Wednesday, Feb. 3. “All mammals (including humans) can get rabies. Rabies is most commonly transmitted by a bite, but also may be transmitted by saliva or brain tissue of a rabid animal coming into contact with eyes, mucous membranes, or open wounds.”

This news comes exactly a week after a rabid fox attacked an animal control officer in the 900 block of West Stuart Drive in Galax, according to health officials.

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