Environmental health staff investigates potential rabies exposures. This includes investigating cases of humans who have suffered an animal bite, domestic pets exposed to potentially rabid animals and quarantining animals involved in biting incidents. Staff facilitates the testing of animals for rabies.
The Community Health Division of the local health department also assists in potential rabies exposures by helping to assure that people receive necessary treatment to protect themselves from rabies. Residents who have been bitten by an animal, had direct contact with a bat, whose pets or livestock have had contact with potentially rabid animals (ex. skunks, raccoons, foxes), or who otherwise have a concern about rabies or rabies treatment should contact their local health department.
The Shenandoah County Health Department can be reached at 540-459-3733.