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The Roanoke City Health Department hosting rabies vaccination clinic

By Melissa Gaona, mgaona@wdbj7.com
Published On: Sep 25 2013 06:32:53 AM EDT
Updated On: Sep 25 2013 06:57:42 PM EDT

A warning for people who live on Mount Cross Road in Danville. Health officials say a raccoon recently tested positive for rabies. If you're concerned about rabies, the Roanoke City Health Department is holding a vaccination clinic this Saturday.

ROANOKE, Va. -

As part of Rabies Awareness Week (September 23 – 29, 2013), the Roanoke City Health Department will host a community rabies vaccination clinic on Saturday, September 28th, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 1502 Williamson Road, NE in Roanoke. This is in the parking lot across the street from the health department building at 1513 Williamson Road.

Two hundred rabies vaccinations will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

All area residents are invited to bring their pet dogs and cats to be vaccinated for only five dollars each.

Please bring correct change, cash only. Checks or credit cards cannot be accepted.

Dogs and cats must be three months old or older.

Dogs must be on leashes or in carriers; cats must be in carriers.

“At this time of year both domestic and wild animals are active outdoors, so encounters between pets and wildlife are more likely,” noted Stephanie Harper, M.D, director of the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts (Virginia Department of Health). “

Rabies is found throughout Virginia.

Any mammal can catch it and it’s almost always fatal.

Vaccinating your pets will help prevent the spread of rabies and it can save the life of your pet and your loved ones.

In addition, the state law requires it.

All dogs and cats three months of age and older must be vaccinated by a licensed veterinarian.

To prevent the spread of rabies:

•           Vaccinate your pet cats, dogs and ferrets.

•           Put away pet food and dishes after your pet has finished eating.

•           Don’t feed or attract wild animals. Keep garbage containers tightly closed.

•           Avoid animals acting strangely or wild animals acting tame. Never approach or handle unfamiliar animals or strays even if they appear friendly.

•           Prevent bats from entering living quarters or gathering places.

If a person is bitten by a wild or stray animal or a pet, wash the wound immediately and thoroughly.

Seek medical attention immediately.

Report the incident to animal control or the health department, and if possible, confine the animal or try to watch it until animal control arrives.

Be sure to report any altercations between wild and domestic animals.

Contact animal control or the health department immediately if a cat, dog or other mammal is bitten by or exposed to a potentially rabid animal.

If this is the animal’s first rabies vaccination, it will be valid for one year.

If the animal has received a previous vaccination that is still valid, you must bring the vaccination certificate for the new vaccination to be valid for three additional years.

Otherwise, the vaccination is only valid for one year.