Mary Alice Reporting: (Tuscarawas County, Ohio) A second raccoon found in Warren Township that tested positive for the rabies virus is causing concern among health officials.

The Wednesday confirmation from the Ohio Department of Health brings the total number of positive cases to four in Tuscarawas County.

The Health Department issued a release noting that the raccoon was collected over the weekend along Mud Lick Road NE.

The second positive case in Warren Township was in the area of Henderson School Road.

At this time, the Tuscarawas Health Department is partnering with agencies, including the United States Department of Agriculture and the Wildlife Service to respond appropriately to the potential threat of a rabies variant new to eastern and central Ohio areas.

In addition, positive raccoons were reported in the Sherrodsville area and several bats tested positive for rabies in the City of New Philadelphia.

Pet owners are reminded to vaccinate their cats or dogs.

Questions regarding the rabies virus can be directed to the Tuscarawas Health Department at 330-343-5555.

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