NEWPORT NEWS -The Peninsula Health District warns residents near Colony Road and Putney Road in Newport News that a raccoon has tested positive for rabies.
Officials say the raccoon was killed by a dog.
If you've been exposed to this animal call the Health Department at (757) 594-7340. If you believe your pet had contact with the raccoon call Animal Control at (757) 8595-7387.
Rabies prevention guidelines:
1. Vaccinate your pets.
2. Report all exposures to animals (usually bites and scratches) to your doctor and the local health department.
3. Enjoy wildlife from a distance – don’t feed or encourage wild animals such as raccoons, skunks or foxes to visit your premises.
4. Do not feed your pets outside, leave trash uncovered, or do anything that may attract wild animals to your property.