PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WVEC) -- The Portsmouth Health Department wants to alert residents that a raccoon in the city tested positive for rabies.

On December 18, animal control was called out to a home on Oregon Avenue, where a raccoon had attacked a family's dog and that the raccoon had died.

On Friday, test results came back confirming the raccoon was infected with rabies.

The exposed dog had a current vaccination record, and no humans were exposed to the deadly disease.

The following precautions are recommended to reduce rabies exposure:

  • Warn adults and children not to approach or feed animals not belonging to them and to report any animal bites or scratches.
  • Do not handle or touch stray or wild animals.
  • Be sure dogs and cats are up-to-date on vaccinations.
  • Keep pets confined to the home and yard.
  • Keep yards free of food that could attract wild animals.
  • If contact occurs between any wild animal and you or your pet, contact the Portsmouth Department of Public Health at 393-8585 ext. 8585.