UPDATE: Officials confirm case of rabies in raccoon in southeast Roanoke

Roanoke Valley News

UPDATE 11:43 a.m. 5/13/21: Roanoke Parks and Recreation announced Thursday they received confirmation of rabid raccoons along the Roanoke River Greenway.

In order to keep parkgoers safe, the department shared the following advice:

  • If you spot a raccoon acting strange — such as being out during the day, foaming at the mouth, or acting disoriented — call 911.
  • Do not approach wildlife, especially in this situation.
  • Keep yourself and your animals safe by ensuring they are leashed.

“We encourage you to still go out and enjoy your public spaces; just be aware of your surrounds and report any suspicious animal activity,” PLAY Roanoke posted on Facebook on Thursday, May 13. “If you have questions, let us know. We’ll do our best to answer them.”

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – Residents in parts of southeast Roanoke received a flyer from the Virginia Department of Health saying that a raccoon had tested positive for rabies.

The flyer, confirmed by health officials as being valid, was posted at certain residences near Hamilton Terrace and indicates that a rabid raccoon was identified on Wednesday, May 5, in the 1300 block of Hamilton Terrace.

The raccoon was confirmed to have the disease on Monday, May 10.

“Our messaging is routine for citizens to be alert especially after evening hours when they are out in this area of Hamilton Terrace in Roanoke [sic] City. It is also important to keep vaccinations up to date on any household pets. Rabies is a virus that continues to lurk in the wildlife population in our area. Wild animals should not be approached or handled in any way. Every now and again pets will come into contact with a rabid animal, so it is important to keep your pets vaccinated and boosted regularly.”

Christie Wills, Virginia Department of Health’s Communications Officer

Animals inflicted with rabies do not recover. It is spread through a bite or through the saliva of the infected animal.

Wills urges everyone to be sure pets are vaccinated against the disease.

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