YORK COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) – The Peninsula Health District confirmed a raccoon in York County has tested positive for the rabies virus.
The animal was found around the 700 block of Colonial Avenue.
Health officials are asking anyone who may have had any contact with this animal to call 757-603-4277 during business hours. Exposure can consist or bites, scratches, contact with saliva or even indirect contact between your pet and the rabid animal. Officials did not say if there have been any reports of anyone having contact with the animal.
After hours, call one of the following Animal Control offices:
- Newport News / Poquoson: 757-595-7387
- York County: 757-890-3601
- James City County/Williamsburg: 757-253-1800
Rabies is a fatal but preventable disease.
The Office of Environmental Health Services will be contacting residents in that neighborhood and any civic or homeowner association.
The Peninsula Health District says all citizens should follow these three important rabies prevention guidelines:
1. Vaccinate your pets.
2. Report all exposures to animals (usually bites and scratches) to your doctor and the local health department.
3. Enjoy wildlife from a distance – don’t feed or encourage wild animals such as raccoons, skunks or foxes to visit your premises.