Rabid raccoon confirmed in Hampton neighborhood after fight with dog

Posted at 10:40 AM, Apr 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-17 11:03:55-04

HAMPTON, Va. - The Hampton Health Department confirmed a positive case of rabies in a raccoon found in the Fox Hill area of the city.

According to the health department, the raccoon had been in a fight with a family dog. The raccoon was euthanized and submitted to the State Laboratory in Richmond for testing, and was confirmed to be positive for rabies.

The health department said in a statement that citizens should make sure their pets have current rabies shots, and should not feed wild animals or leave food outside for their pets that could attract wild animals.

All contact with wild or stray animals should be avoided. If you are bitten or scratched by an animal, immediately wash the wound thoroughly and contact your physician or the health department for further advice.

Anyone needing additional information can reach the health department at 727-2570.