Monday, June 17, 2024

Raccoon cornered by 2 dogs in Norfolk tests positive for rabies

NORFOLK — A raccoon that was cornered under a piece of furniture in a shed by a couple of dogs has tested positive for rabies.

The raccoon was captured in the 1600 block of Bourbon Avenue on Tuesday and sent to Richmond for testing, according to a news release from the Norfolk Department of Public Health. On Thursday the test results came back positive for rabies.

No humans were exposed and both dogs are current on their rabies vaccine.

The nearby Virginia Zoo said they take year-round precautions to protect their mammals, including routine vaccinations. Additionally, many zoo employees are vaccinated and receive training on the signs of rabies in wild animals.

“While a case of rabies in the general vicinity doesn’t change how we manage our animals, we do take a case of rabies in the area seriously and continue to be vigilant about the care we provide to all animals here at the zoo,” veterinarian Dr. Colleen Clabbers said in an email.

Officials are reminding residents that all bites and scratches should be reported to local health departments.

“Rabies is a deadly virus and area residents are reminded to keep pets up-to-date on their vaccinations,” Norman Grefe, senior environmental health manager, said in the release.

You can reduce the risk of you and your pets being exposed to rabies by:

  • Keeping cats and dogs up-to-date on vaccinations
  • Keeping pets confined to your home and yard
  • Keeping yards free of food that could attract wild animals
  • Not taking in stray or wild animals
  • Reminding anyone bitten or scratched by an animal to report it
  • Reporting stray or unvaccinated animals to Animal Control by calling 757-664-7387
  • Reporting animal and human exposures to the Norfolk Health Department by calling 757-683-2712

A raccoon may be rabid if it’s having trouble walking, looks confused, making strange noises or foaming at the mouth.

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