Racoon Tests Positive for the Rabies Virus

August 10, 2022
Media Contact: Caitlin Hodge, Public Information Officer, (804) 365-4316

Racoon Tests Positive for the Rabies Virus

HANOVER, Va. — The Chickahominy Health District would like to notify the residents in the areas along Wesley Street, between Chapman Street and N. Snead Street, in Ashland, VA that a raccoon has tested positive for the rabies virus. The raccoon is deceased.

Potential exposures to a rapid animal include bites, scratches, or contact with saliva by open wound or eyes, nose, and/or mouth. Anyone having information regarding any exposure to this animal in the days leading up to August 7, 2022 should contact the Hanover Health Department at (804) 365-4313. Exposures also include direct contact between your pet and the rabid animal. After hours, please contact Hanover County Animal Control at (804) 365-6140.

Rabies is a fatal, but preventable, disease carried by mammals that is endemic to the area. The District would like to remind all citizens to follow these three important 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