Skunk tests positive for rabies in James City County

Posted at 11:28 AM, Mar 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-25 11:28:39-04

JAMES CITY Co., Va. - The Peninsula Health District said a skunk found in the area of Riverview Road tested positive for the rabies virus.

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

The health director strongly suggests James City County residents take the following precautions to protect themselves, their families and their pets from rabies:

If your pet has been in contact with an animal that might be rabid, check for injuries and contact the Health Department at Peninsula Health District - Williamsburg Environmental Health Office at 757-603-4277.

Seek medical treatment promptly for any animal bite to ensure appropriate and timely evaluation and treatment. All animal exposures must be taken seriously.

Do not approach wild or stray animals, especially raccoons, bats, foxes, skunks, cats and dogs.

Ensure all pet dogs, cats and ferrets have current rabies vaccinations. Consult your veterinarian or the Peninsula Health District if you have any questions about pet vaccinations.

Confine your pets to your property.

Securely seal garbage containers with lids.

State law requires all dogs and cats over the age of four months to be vaccinated against rabies.