The animal was recovered in the Baum Hollow section of Big Stone Gap and a domestic animal was exposed to rabies through the raccoon, the agency said.
It is the first confirmed case of rabies this year within the LENOWISCO Health District area of Lee, Wise and Scott counties and the city of Norton.
Interim LENOWISCO director Kerry Gateley said the disease caused by a virus is almost always fatal and those exposed, animals and humans, should seek medical attention immediately. Gateley also noted that this would be an ideal time to make sure your pets are up to date on all immunizations.
Other tips recommended by the VDH include:
- Avoiding contact with wild animals or stray cats and dogs
- Refrain from feeding wild animals
- Any strays should be reported to local animal control
- Eliminate any outdoor food sources
- Keep pets confined to your property or on a leash