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May 14, 2013

Eight people exposed to rabies

KEYSER, W.Va. — Eight people and two animals were exposed to rabies in Mineral County due to a recent incident in Piedmont with a raccoon, according to Dr. Richard Lechliter, county commissioner.

People should stay away from unusual-acting wildlife, including raccoons and skunks, Lechliter said during Tuesday’s commission meeting.

“It’s that time of the year, unfortunately, where all the wildlife is coming out now that it’s getting warmer,” said Lechliter. “Those (raccoons and skunks) are the ones that harbor it.”

A raccoon in Piedmont tested positive for rabies, according to the Mineral County Health Department.

All pets should be current on their rabies vaccine. All dogs and cats between 3 and 6 months must be vaccinated for rabies and every three years thereafter, with a vaccine capable of producing immunity for a period of at least three years, according to state code.

The commission approved the summer rabies clinic dates and times. The clinics are June 17 at Burlington Elementary School from 4 to 6 p.m.; June 19 at Wiley Ford Elementary School, 4 to 6 p.m.; June 22 at Fort Ashby Elementary School, 9 to 11 a.m.; June 24 at Elk Garden Elementary School, 4 to 6 p.m.; June 26 at Fountain Ruritan, 4 to 6 p.m.; June 29 at Tractor Supply, Keyser, 9 to 11 a.m.

All dogs must be leashed and all cats must be contained. The cost of the vaccination is $8 and the correct change is required.

Contact Elaine Blaisdell at eblaisdell@times-news.com.

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