Raccoon tests positive for rabies in Portsmouth neighborhood

Posted at 4:12 PM, Oct 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-02 16:12:48-04

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Portsmouth Health Department announced that a raccoon found in the 300 block of Park Road tested positive for the rabies virus.

According to the department, the Portsmouth Bureau of Animal Control was notified that a raccoon was exhibiting erratic behavior consistent with signs and symptoms of rabies Saturday. On Wednesday, the health department received results confirming the rabies diagnosis.

At this time, no human or animal exposures have been reported.

The health department encourages Portsmouth residents and visitors to take the following steps to prevent rabies exposure:

  • Eliminate outdoor food sources around the home.
  • Avoid contact between yourself or your pets and wild animals.
  • Vaccinate all pets against rabies – it’s the law.