NORFOLK --Health officials in Newport News and Norfolk are warning people to be on the lookout for rabid raccoons.

Officials say a raccoon that attacked a large domestic dog on Tuesday in the 6000 block of Rolleston Avenue in Norfolk tested positive for rabies. The dog was current on its rabies vaccine.

The following precautions are recommended to reduce rabies exposure:

  • Be sure dogs and cats are up-to-date on vaccinations.
  • Keep pets confined to home and yard.
  • Keep yards free of food that could attract wild animals.
  • Do not handle, touch or take in stray or wild animals.
  • Warn adults and children to report any animal bites or scratches.
  • Report stray or unvaccinated animals to Animal Control at 757-664-7387.
  • Report all animal or human exposures to the Norfolk Health Department at 757-683-2712.

For further information, please contact the Environmental Health Division of the Norfolk Department of Public Health at 757-683-2712.

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