Raccoon tests positive for rabies in Yorktown

Posted at 12:57 PM, Aug 07, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-07 12:57:14-04

Yorktown, Va. – A raccoon has tested positive for rabies in the area of the 500 block of Calthrop Neck Road of Yorktown, according to the Peninsula Health District.

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 Peninsula Health District-Newport News Environmental Health at (757) 594-7340. Exposures also include direct contact between your pet and the rabid animal. After hours,  please contact local Animal Control,  York County Animal Control at 890-3601.

Rabies is a fatal, but preventable, disease that is carried by mammals and has been in the wild animal population on the Peninsula since the mid 1980’s.

The District would like to remind all citizens to follow these three important rabies prevention guidelines:

  1. Vaccinate your pets.
  1. Report all exposures to animals (usually bites and scratches) to your doctor and the local health department.
  1. Enjoy wildlife from a distance – don’t feed or encourage wild animals such as raccoons, skunks or foxes to visit your premises.