NORFOLK, Va. — A raccoon was found in Norfolk and eventually tested positive for rabies.
The raccoon was found by a dog on March 8 in the 8500 block of Millard Street in the Tarrallton area.
After it was collected, it was sent to the Virginia Department of Consolidated Laboratory Services in Richmond for rabies testing. The results came back positive late Wednesday.
There are no known human exposures and the dog that caught the raccoon was vaccinated for the virus.
If you have recently been bitten or scratched by a raccoon near the area, contact the Norfolk Department of Public Health at 757-683-2712.
Officials said in the event of any exposure, all animal bites and scratches should be reported to the local health department.
"Rabies is a deadly virus and area residents are reminded to keep pets up-to-date on their vaccinations," said Norman Grefe, Environmental Health Manager.
Incidents in Norfolk should be reported to the Environmental Health Division of the Norfolk Department of Health or Norfolk Animal Control at 757-664-7387.