Washington County Health Department Warns Residents of Rabies in the Area

The Washington County Health Department recently received a report from the Department of Public Health, in regard to the status of rabies in the state.  In 2018, the total number of animals that were submitted to the diagnostic laboratories was 3,888, with 85 animals, or just under 5-percent, testing positive for rabies.  Bats were the most frequently tested animals at 1,733, then dogs, raccoons, skunks and squirrels.  A majority of the bats that were tested, were positive with rabies.  Any animal that is behaving out of the ordinary, especially bats, should always be left alone.  If there is a problem that occurs with an animal, you should call your local animal control officer, or get in contact with the Washington County Health Department.