Barnstable County Health Dept. warns of a rabid raccoon

HYANNIS – Barnstable County’s Department of Health and Environment has reported a rabies-positive raccoon, marking the first known case of terrestrial (non-bat) rabies in the Cape in eight years.

Health communications coordinator Bethany Traverse said there was no human contact with the raccoon. Rabies in wildlife, primarily raccoons, skunks and foxes, has been effectively controlled in Barnstable County through the distribution of oral rabies vaccines and testing conducted by the Cape Cod & Southeast MA Rabies Task Force each spring and fall.

Barnstable County’s Department of Health and Environment (BCDHE) works closely with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Phytosanitary Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) and the Barnstable City Department of Health and the Department of Marine and Environment to conduct targeted and comprehensive trapping , Vaccination and release program. Rabies tests are carried out on wild animals that have been found injured, sick, or dead.

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