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Raccoon tests positive for rabies in York County

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Posted at 5:29 PM, Sep 20, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-20 19:54:38-04

York County, Va. – Health officials say a raccoon tested positive for the rabies virus in the Back Creek Road area of York County.

The raccoon was killed by two dogs and it was then tested for the virus.

If you’ve been exposed to the animal, please call the health department at 757-594-7340.

Officials say exposures also include direct contact between your pets and the rabid animal.

If you’re calling after hours, call 757-890-3601.

Rabies can be fatal but it is preventable.

To protect your pets and family from the virus, experts are reminding citizens to vaccinate pets, report all exposures to animals, enjoy wildlife from a distance, don’t encourage or feed wild animals, and don’t feed pets outside.