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Raccoon tests positive for rabies in Chesapeake

The incident happened on February 7 in the Brentwood neighborhood, according to the Chesapeake Health District.

CHESAPEAKE, Va. — Health officials confirm that a raccoon that recently got into a fight with a dog in the Brentwood neighborhood of Chesapeake has tested positive for the rabies virus.

The incident happened on February 7, according to the Chesapeake Health District.

If you or your pet may have been in contact with an animal that might be rabid, check for injuries and contact the Chesapeake Animal Control at (757) 382-8181. You should seek medical treatment promptly for any animal bite to ensure appropriate and timely evaluation and treatment. All animal exposures must be taken seriously.

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

Important rabies prevention tips are:

  • Vaccinate your pets.
  • Report all exposures to animals, typically bites or scratches, to your doctor and local health department.
  • Enjoy wildlife from a distance, don't feed wild animals like raccoons, skunks or foxes or encourage them to visit your property with food.
  • Do not feed any family pets outside, leave trash uncovered, or handle any wild or feral animals that look sick or injured.

State law requires all dogs and cats older than four months are vaccinated against rabies.

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