MONONGALIA COUNTY, WV (LOOTPRESS) – The Monongalia County Health Department (MCHD) has recently identified cases of rabies within a feral cat colony located on Distributor Drive, off Green Bag Road.
In response to this public health concern, the MCHD is actively coordinating efforts with various officials to mitigate the risk and protect the community.
To effectively combat the spread of rabies, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) will be initiating measures to control the outbreak.
In late August, the USDA APHIS plans to distribute oral rabies vaccine baits via airplane throughout Monongalia County. These bait distributions will contribute to the containment of rabies among wildlife populations, which play a significant role in the transmission of the virus.
Additionally, the MCHD’s Environmental Health division has implemented plans to distribute oral rabies vaccine baits manually in Morgantown during early September. This strategic approach will provide an additional layer of protection, targeting areas where the feral cat colony is known to frequent.
To keep residents informed and updated, the Monongalia County Health Department will provide regular updates online and via their social media channels.