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Raccoon Found on Jolly Pond Road Tests Positive for Rabies

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VDHA raccoon found on the 2000 block of Jolly Pond Road in James City County has tested positive for rabies.

Anyone with information regarding exposure to the animal — including a bite, scratch or contact with saliva via open wound or eyes, nose or mouth — should contact the Health Department at the Peninsula Health District’s Williamsburg Environmental Health by calling 603-4277. After hours calls should be directed to Animal Control at 253-1800.

Exposure can also include direct contact between a pet and the rabid animal.

Rabies is carried by mammals and has been on the Peninsula since the mid-1980s; it is fatal, but preventable. Citizens can protect themselves and their pets from rabies by:

  • Vaccinating pets
  • Reporting all animal exposures, including bites and scratches, to a doctor and the local health department
  • Do not feed wild animals — including raccoons, skunks and foxes — or encourage them to come onto property near homes
  • Do not feed pets outside, leave trash uncovered to do anything that could attract wild animals.

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Posted by on July 31, 2014. Filed under James City Govt,Local News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

3 Responses to Raccoon Found on Jolly Pond Road Tests Positive for Rabies

  1. WILLIAMSBURG??? Reply

    August 1, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    ONCE AGAIN…this rabies situation is getting serious and dangerous. PLEASE be careful about our children, this summer, playing out in our yards!!

  2. Carol Reply

    August 1, 2014 at 7:06 am

    I have a question!
    Even when there is No food in the yard. How do you prevent a raccoon from coming in the yard when you live near a woods?
    Can”t put a sign on the fence saying No Racoons !

  3. C'mon Reply

    July 31, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    C’mon, all that means is that you have to cook ‘em a little longer to be sure they’re safe. Got a recession on, don’t cha know

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