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Health officials warns James City County residents of rabid raccoon

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Posted at 6:37 PM, Apr 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-28 18:37:02-04

JAMES CITY COUNTY, Va. - The Peninsula Health District warns residents in the area of Sandy Bay Road that a raccoon has tested positive for rabies.

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, according to health officials.

The office of Environmental Health Services will be contacting the immediate neighbors as well as any civic or homeowner’s association that serves the community.

Health officials say if anyone having information regarding any exposure to this animal, such as a bite, scratch or contact with saliva by open wound or eyes, nose, mouth, should contact the Williamsburg Environmental Health Office at 757 603-4277.

Exposures also include direct contact between your pet and the rabid animal.

During after hours, officials say to contact local animal control at 757- 565-0370.