Rabid raccoon reported in Poquoson

POQUOSON, Va. (WAVY) – The Peninsula Health District is notifying residents of a wild raccoon in Poquoson that tested positive for rabies.

The raccoon was seen in the 700 block of East Yorktown Road.

Anyone having information regarding any exposure to this animal (bite, scratch or contact with saliva by open wound or eyes, nose, mouth) is asked to contact the Health Department at (757) 594-7340. Exposures also include direct contact between your pet and the rabid animal. After hours, please contact local Animal Control, at 757-595-7387.

Officials recommend the following prevention guidelines:

  • Vaccinate your pets.
  • Report all exposures to animals (usually bites and scratches) to your doctor and the local health department.
  • Enjoy wildlife from a distance – don’t feed or encourage wild animals such as raccoons, skunks or foxes to visit your premises.
  • Do not feed your pets outside, leave trash uncovered, or do anything that may attract wild animals to your property.

 

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