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Rabid Raccoon

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
PRESS RELEASE

Date:             March 14, 2010

Subject:           Raccoon Tests Positive for the Rabies Virus

Contact:          Dave Jordan, Environmental Health Manager
                        Lois Gary, Public Information Contact
                        Peninsula Health District:  (757) 594-7305

 

The Peninsula Health District would like to notify the residents in the area of the 100 Block of Country Club Drive in James City County that a raccoon has tested positive for the rabies virus.

 

Anyone having information regarding any exposure to this animal (bite, scratch or contact with saliva by open wound or eyes, nose, mouth) is asked to contact the Health Department at (757) 253-4813.  Exposures also include direct contact between your pet and the rabid animal.  After hours, please contact local Animal Control at (757) 253-1800.

 

Rabies is a fatal, but preventable, disease that is carried by mammals and has been in the wild animal population on the Peninsula since the mid 1980’s.  Our local office of Environmental Health Services will be contacting the immediate neighbors as well as any civic or homeowner’s association that serves the community.

 

The District would like to remind all citizens to follow these three important rabies prevention guidelines:

 

  • Vaccinate your pets.
  • Report all exposures to animals (usually bites and scratches) to your doctor and the local health department.
  • Enjoy wildlife from a distance – don’t feed or encourage wild animals such as raccoons, skunks or foxes to visit your premises.

 

 

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