Chesapeake Health District

The Chesapeake Health District is dedicated to preventing illness, promoting healthy lifestyles and protecting the environment for all the citizens of Chesapeake.
For reporting a public health emergency, such as a reportable disease or environmental public health hazard,
after normal business hours, on holidays or weekends, please contact police dispatch at (757) 382-6161.
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We will be closed from 12:00PM on Wednesday, November 22nd through Friday, November 24th in observance of Thanksgiving.
We will re-open on Monday, November 27th at 8:15AM.

Rabid Wildlife Reported in South Norfolk – PUBLIC ALERT

The Chesapeake Health Department is notifying the public that several raccoons and a fox, which had attacked several domestic dogs from June through October, have tested positive for rabies in South Norfolk.

Exposure of humans and domesticated animals to rabies occurs when the saliva of an infected animal enters the body through an open wound or mucous    membrane.  An animal exposure is a serious medical event, for which prompt evaluation and complete treatment is critical.  Rabies is highly preventable   if the vaccine is given early and as recommended.  Once symptoms present there is no cure and the disease is fatal in 100% of cases.

  • The Health Director strongly emphasizes the following recommendations to take in protecting yourself, your family and your pets from rabies:
  • Do not feed wild animals or stray dogs and cats!!
  • Report any strays to Chesapeake Animal Services.
  • Do not approach wild or stray animals, especially raccoons, bats, foxes, skunks, cats and dogs.
  • Never move or relocate wildlife. This may spread rabies to new areas.
  • Ensure all pet dogs, cats and ferrets have current rabies vaccinations.
  • State law requires all dogs and cats over the age of four months to be vaccinated against rabies.
  • Keep your pets on your property or walk them on a leash.
  • Securely seal garbage containers with lids.
  • Eliminate outdoor food sources around your home (outdoor grills, pet waste and spillage of bird feeders).
  • Seek medical treatment promptly for any animal bite to ensure appropriate and timely evaluation and treatment. All animal exposures must be taken seriously.

Rabies symptoms include unusual, aggressive or calm and “friendly” behavior, an inability to eat or drink, balance problems, circling, seizures, coma and death.  Contact the Chesapeake Health Department (757) 382-8672 or Chesapeake Animal Services (757) 382-8080 during normal working hours, or the Chesapeake Police Department non-emergency number (757) 382-6161 for after hours, if you or your pet has been in contact with a wild or possible rabid animal. For more information visit,,

Healthy Chesapeake Logo thumbnail image.Healthy Chesapeake – Building a Culture of Wellness

Healthy Chesapeake is committed to building a culture of wellness that supports, sustains and advocates for a healthier Chesapeake. Working together we can advocate for a healthier Chesapeake where people live, learn, play, work and worship.

Visit our website at or contact us at for more information.

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This is a great time to remind everyone how to reduce the spread of colds, flu and other infectious diseases and help ensure the health of your employees and your business. Help spread the word, not the germs! Please download and distribute the flyer as you wish.

Business Continuity Handout – The Workplace as an Incubator for Infectious Disease