By Bob Weaver

While several local residents believe rabies has spread to the raccoon population and a rabid fox was killed on Little Creek (SEE earlier Hur Herald story), the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources and the health department need further proof before Calhoun or Wirt can be declared outbreak areas.

Rabies spread in West Virginia.

Rabies has been spreading south and west in West Virginia for several years (SEE map) and Calhoun and Wirt is on the edge of the declared counties.

Numbers of rabid animals reported in raccoons, skunks and foxes since 1985

If you would become exposed to a bite from a fox, raccoon or skunk, or have a family pet that is presenting symptoms (SEE earlier Hur Herald story):

Wash the wound immediately with warm, soapy water. This can really reduce the chance of infection.

Consult a doctor immediately.

Contact the local health department.

The biting animal should be caged (if a pet) for observation and examined by a vet.

The head of the wild animal taken to the local department, carefully removed without direct contact with body fluids. The brain should not be damaged when it is killed.

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