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Another Rabid Raccoon Located by Animal Control in Fairfax County

Officers reported a rabid raccoon earlier this month in Fort Hunt.

Another rabid raccoon (not this one!) was reported in the area by Fairfax County Animal Control. Patch archive photo
Another rabid raccoon (not this one!) was reported in the area by Fairfax County Animal Control. Patch archive photo

Fairfax County Police reported Friday another incident involving a rabid raccoon, this time off of Telegraph Road. Another incident involved a rabid raccoon in Fort Hunt.

This time the raccoon was found Wednesday, April 9 in the 5800 block of Lebanon Road off of Telegraph Road. Animal Control received a call at about 8:10 a.m. An Animal Control Officer responded to the location to collect a dead raccoon, which subsequently tested positive for rabies.

A raccoon and a dog got into a fight earlier this month in Fort Hunt and it turns out the raccoon tested positive for rabies. Rabies is nearly always fatal, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

The incident took place in the 2500 block of Culpeper Road, according to police.

An Animal Control officer was called in the evening, for a report of a raccoon fighting with a dog. 

The officer was able to capture and euthanize the raccoon, which subsequently tested positive for rabies. The dog was current on its rabies vaccination.

Here are some rabies prevention tips from Fairfax County:

Reduce your risk of exposure to the rabies virus

  • Vaccinate your pets against rabies and keep inoculations current.
  • State law and County ordinance require dogs and cats four months of age and older to be inoculated.
  • Vaccine must be administered every one to three years, depending on the type used and the age of the animal.
  • The Animal Services Division holds low-cost rabies clinics for dogs and cats throughout the year. For more information on this, call the Animal Shelter at 703-830-1100.
  • Warn children to keep away from wildlife and encourage them to report any physical contact with animals.
  • Minimize contact between pets and wildlife, especially at night. Walk pets on a leash. Feed cats and dogs inside.
  • Eliminate possible sources of food for wildlife from your yard and keep trash can lids tightly closed.
  • Do not keep wild animals as pets. Even baby skunks and raccoons can carry the rabies virus.
Here are some warning signs to tell if an animal has rabies or not, from the Centers for Disease Control.

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