Rabies is a viral disease transmitted through saliva and/or brain nervous system tissue. Being bitten or coming in contact with infected nervous tissue is the only way you can be exposed to the virus. Petting, handling, blood contact, or urine/feces contact can not give you the rabies virus. 

Animals infected with rabies aren't always easy to spot. In fact, it's almost impossible to tell if an animal has rabies just by looking at it. Some animals exhibit hyperactive behaviors when infected, while others are more docile and tame. If you think an animal is rabid, you should stay away from the animal and report the incident to our Registered Sanitarian at (304) 265-1288. 

If you've been bit by an animal - even a household pet, take the incident seriously. Wash the wound immediately, and receive prompt medical care. 

The Grafton-Taylor County Health Department recognizes the importance of monitoring the spread of disease. That's why our Environmental Health team takes things like animal bites seriously.
In order to control rabies, our Registered Sanitarian Jeff Kiger collects reports of animal bites and then sends these animals off to be tested. Rabies Surveillance protects the health of the citizens of Taylor County while also preventing the spread of this dangerous virus. 

Rabies Control