Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Raccoon tests positive for rabies in Poquoson

A raccoon found in Poquoson has tested positive for rabies. (WYDaily/Courtesy National Park Service)
A raccoon found in Poquoson has tested positive for rabies. (WYDaily/Courtesy National Park Service)

A raccoon found in Poquoson recently has tested positive for rabies, health officials said.

The Peninsula Health District said the raccoon was found in the area of the 500 block of City Hall Avenue in Poquoson, the department said in a news release.

Anyone who has been bitten or scratched by the raccoon or had contact with the animal’s salvia should contact the Virginia Department of Health at the Peninsula Health District-Newport News Environmental Health Center at 757-954-7340.

After hours, those exposed to any questionable raccoon or animal should contact Newport News/Poquoson Animal Control at 757-595-7387.

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

Rabies is a fatal disease that is carried my mammals. It has been on the Virginia Peninsula since the mid-1980s.

Residents should vaccinate their pets, report all exposures to animals such as bites and scratches to local health officials, and enjoy wildlife from a distance.

Feeding wild animals is discouraged.

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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