Raccoons found in Hampton, Norfolk test positive for rabies


HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — Government officials are warning Hampton Roads residents to take the necessary precautions to avoid a run-in with rabies this year.

In a less than two days, officials say a raccoon in Norfolk and a raccoon in Hampton both tested positive for rabies.

The Norfolk raccoon was spotted in the Maple Hall area on Dec.12 and was euthanized.The Hampton raccoon was found the day before in the Tide Mill area after it was killed by a family dog. 

Officials are urging locals to get vaccinations and if you or anyone you know has been bitten or scratched by a raccoon, call the appropriate Department of Public Health services in your area. 

They are also urging citizens not to feed or engage with wild animals.

Stay with WAVY.com for updates. 

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