The Marshall County Health Department is warning people to avoid contact with any wild animals after a raccoon tested positive for rabies.

A raccoon in the Adams Hill area of Cameron tested positive for rabies on Thursday. This is the first laboratory confirmed animal rabies case in Marshall County for 2019.

The Marshall County Health Department and other county health departments in West Virginia, along with the United States Department of Agriculture-Wildlife Services regularly test animals for rabies throughout the year.

The Marshall County Health Department is warning residents of Marshall County to be wary of animals acting strangely or aggressively. The health department also reminds residents to keep their pet’s vaccinations up to date.