Sunday, December 3, 2023

Rabid raccoon found near Busch Gardens

A raccoon found in Poquoson has tested positive for rabies.
A raccoon found near Busch Gardens has tested positive for rabies. (file photo courtesy National Park Service)

A raccoon found close to an Interstate 64 on-ramp coming from Busch Gardens has tested positive for rabies, health officials said.

The raccoon was found near the I-64 on-ramp that leads eastbound from Busch Gardens toward Hampton, according to a Peninsula Health District news release.

The local office of Environmental Health Services is working to contact the residents near where the raccoon was found, as well as any civic or homeowner’s association that serves that area, the release said.

The release asks anyone who has come into contact with the raccoon – by bite, scratch or contact with saliva by open wound or eyes, nose or mouth – to immediately contact the Health Department at 757-603-4277.

If pets have come into contact with the raccoon, the owners should call the Health Department or James City County Animal Control at 757-253-1800, the release said.

To prevent rabies, the health district recommends vaccinating pets, reporting all bites and scratches to a doctor and health department, and don’t feed or approach wild animals.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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