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Raccoon tests positive for rabies in York County

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Posted at 4:52 PM, Jun 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-07 16:59:29-04

raccoonYORK COUNTY, Va. – A raccoon has tested positive for the rabies virus in the area of the 700 block of Colonial Ave. according to The Peninsula Health District.

Residents who may have been exposed to the animal, through contact such as a bite, scratch or contact with saliva are asked to contact the Health Department.

If your pet has come in contact with the rabid animal, the Health Department would like to be notified as well.

Rabies can be fatal, but it’s preventable. Health officials remind citizens to follow these 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.