Raccoon Tests Positive for the Rabies Virus

April 17, 2023
Media Contact: Caitlin Hodge, Public Information Officer: 804-365-4316

Raccoon Tests Positive for the Rabies Virus

ASHLAND, Va. — The Chickahominy Health District would like to notify the residents in the area of Pamunkey Road between Mattaponi Road and New Ashcake Road in Mechanicsville, Virginia 23116 that a raccoon has tested positive for the rabies virus. The raccoon no longer poses a threat to the public.

Anyone having information regarding any exposure to this animal in the days leading up to April 11, 2023 (bite, scratch or contact with saliva by open wound or eyes, nose, mouth) 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 the 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 – do not feed or encourage wild animals such as raccoons, skunks, or foxes to visit your premises.

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