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NORFOLK -- A raccoon found in 200 block of East 41st Street -- the city's Riverview community -- has tested positive for rabies, according to the Norfolk Department of Public Health.

Officials say the raccoon was killed by a pet dog and there were no human exposures.

The raccoon, which was sent for testing in Richmond, tested positive for rabies on June 3.

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.
  • Report stray or unvaccinated animals to Animal Control at 757-664-7387.
  • Report all animal or human exposures to the Norfolk Department of Public Health at 757-683-2712.

All animal bites should be reported immediately to local health departments. Incidents occurring in the City of Norfolk should be reported to the Environmental Health Division at the Norfolk Department of Public Health, at 757-683-2712 or Norfolk Animal Control at 757-664-7387.

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

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