Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that can be found in mammals, both wild and domestic. The virus attacks the nervous system and can be transmitted through an animal bite or when saliva, brain tissue, or spinal fluid of a rabid animal enters the eye, mouth, or a preexisting wound. To learn more about Rabies from the Virginia Department of Health, click here.
The Chickahominy Health District works with local animal control to investigate rabies exposure and provides guidance in helping individuals who may have been exposed. If you believe you or your animal has been exposed to rabies it is important to contact your local health department and animal control. If you have been bitten by an animal, immediately contact your family doctor and thoroughly treat your wound with first aid.
To avoid being a victim of a wildlife animal bite, please leave the handling of wildlife to experts. To contact a Wildlife Rehabilitator please visit Virginia.gov and then select your location.