Tri-State briefs

July 28, 2004

Three underdoing rabies shots in W.Va.

LEETOWN, W.Va. - A child, her mother and a neighbor are undergoing rabies shots after being exposed to a cat that tested positive for rabies, the Jefferson County Health Department said in a news release.

Rosemarie Cannarella, health officer for Jefferson County, said a stray cat from the Leetown area tested positive for rabies on July 24.

The cat attacked and bit a child on the arms, legs and hand near her home, Cannarella said in the release.

The child's mother and a neighbor also were exposed, the release said.

Cannarella warned that other stray cats may be in the area.

Last week, health officials said a 9-year-old boy and his mother were undergoing rabies shots after the boy was bitten by a stray cat.


The Leetown case brings to eight the number of rabies cases in Jefferson County this year.

To avoid the disease, health officials urge people to have pets vaccinated and keep their shots current, avoid contact with wild animals and stray pets and report animals acting strangely to Jefferson County Animal Control.

Landfill closure affects trash pickup

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Waste Management has closed the LCS Landfill near Hedgesville, W.Va., and will not reopen it until Monday, the City of Martinsburg said in a news release.

The city has adjusted its garbage collection service accordingly:

  • Today's garbage and recycling collection will take place as scheduled.

  • Thursday's garbage collection will take place as scheduled.

  • On Friday, only downtown business and commercial routes will be collected.

  • Friday's residential and all of Monday's routes will be collected on Monday, according to the release.

City officials are asking residents and other businesses not to place garbage curbside on Friday or Saturday.

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