VDH issues warning after rabid raccoon reported in Staunton

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STAUNTON, Va. (WFXR) — The Virginia Department of Health says a rabid raccoon was discovered in Staunton last week.

The raccoon tested positive for rabies and was involved in a “suspected encounter with a pet.”

While the raccoon is no longer a threat, VDH spokesman Robert Parker says anyone who may have been bitten, scratched, or licked by this raccoon or any other mammal they think may have been exposed to the raccoon should seek medical attention.

Rabies is fatal to animals and humans once symptoms begin, but can be prevented in humans if they receive vaccine and medication soon after exposure.

If any wild animal bites or interacts with any domestic animal, notify the local health department and animal control, and have the domestic animal evaluated by a veterinarian.

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