The Virginia Department of Health is confirming a raccoon in Pittsylvania county has tested positive for rabies.
Officials are warning people, especially in the Tucker Road section of Gretna about the rabid animal.
They say it's possible the raccoon might have come into contact with other animals in the neighborhood.
The health department is warning that owners of unvaccinated animals should get their pets vaccinated immediately.
As for owners who have had their pets vaccinated for rabies, they should watch for signs and symptoms of rabies for the next 45 days.
Symptoms include a change in behavior, excitability, irritability, staggering or biting.
For more information, call the Pittsylvania County Health Department at (434) 432-7232 ext. 260.