Monday, December 11, 2023

Rabid raccoon located in Norfolk, officials say

NORFOLK — A raccoon found in Forest Park has tested positive for rabies, Norfolk officials say.

The raccoon was found in the 1200 block of Sheppard Avenue on Nov. 16. It tested positive for rabies one day after it was captured, according to a city press release.

Norfolk officials are urging anyone who may have been scratched or bitten by a raccoon in the Forest Park area to call Norfolk Public Health at 757-683-2712. Although rabies is treatable, it’s important to get the vaccination early.

Anyone who is scratched or bitten by an animal should contact the city’s public health department. To avoid being exposed to rabies and other sicknesses, people should not feed, approach or handle wild animals. They should also keep their pets vaccinated and in their yards.

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