Warning issued after dogs fight, kill rabid raccoon in Grayson County

New River Valley News

GRAYSON COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — The Mount Rogers Health District issued a rabies warning on Thursday after some dogs in Grayson County got in a fight with a rabid raccoon earlier in the week.

The health district says dogs fought with and killed a raccoon in the 500 block of Edmonds Road in Grayson County on Tuesday, June 8. That raccoon has since tested positive for rabies.

If you or any mammal pets came in contact with a suspicious raccoon or other mammal in the area recently, you are asked to call the Galax City Health Department at (276) 236-6127.

You should also make sure your pets’ rabies vaccinations are up to date. This can apply to livestock, as well.

In addition, health officials encourage you to avoid contact with unvaccinated cats, dogs, or wild mammals in this area of Grayson County since they post a risk of rabies exposure.

“Remember, rabies is fatal once the symptoms appear,” stated a flyer shared by the Mount Rogers Health District on Thursday, June 10. “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.”

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