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Raccoon tests positive for rabies in York Co.

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Posted at 2:44 PM, Aug 14, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-14 14:44:57-04

The Peninsula Health District is notifying residents in the Andrews Crossing area of York County that a raccoon has tested positive for the rabies virus.

The raccoon attacked a dog and was killed. It was tested for rabies afterward and found to be positive.

Anyone who has been exposed to the animal (bite, scratch or contact with saliva by open wound or eyes, nose, mouth) or anyone with a pet that has had contact with the animal should contact the Health Department at (757)594-7340.

The District would like to remind all citizens to follow these four 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.
4.     Do not feed your pets outside, leave trash uncovered, or do anything that may attract wild animals to your property.