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Rabid raccoon found in Newport News

A raccoon found in Newport News tested positive for the rabies virus.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — The Peninsula Health District is warning residents in Newport News of a raccoon that tested positive for the rabies virus. 

The raccoon was found in the area of J. Clyde Morris Boulevard and Kingstowne Drive.

Anyone who may have been exposed to this animal (bite, scratch, or contact with saliva by open wound, eyes, nose, or mouth) is asked to contact the Environmental Health Office of the Peninsula Health department at 757-594-7340. Exposures also include direct contact between your pet and the rabid animal.

 After hours, please contact local Animal Control, Newport News/Poquoson Animal Control: 757-595-7387.

The Health District wants to remind people to vaccinate their pets, report any potential rabies exposure to their doctor and local health department, and to keep a safe distance from wild animals.

The rabies virus is deadly and residents are reminded to keep their pets up-to-date on their rabies vaccinations.

Officials suggest to reduce the risk of rabies exposure, pet owners should:

  • 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