On August 16, a rabid groundhog was killed at Brofferton Court in Herndon, Virginia. On September 13, a rabid raccoon was killed on Pinecrest Road, also in Herndon.
After two rabid animals appeared in the Herndon, Virginia area, within a mile of each other and within a 30-day period, Fairfax District Health Department wanted to spread the news.
On August 16, a groundhog was killed at Brofferton Court. On September 13, a raccoon was killed on Pinecrest Road. Both animals were killed by dogs on their owner's property.
Both dogs had already been vaccinated against rabies and received refreshing shots after catching the animals. The dogs are kept at home for 45 days to make sure they do not get the disease.
"Note that we have rabies throughout our Fairfax County wildlife population," said Ben Klekamp, epidemiology manager at the district health department.
He calls on people to stay away from wild animals.
"If you see a raccoon walking down the street in the middle of the day, do not go up to it. Make sure you call the animal protection police and they will pick up the animal and possibly test it for rabies, "said Klekamp.
If you live in the immediate area where the two rabid animals have been found, think If you or your pet came into contact with you, you will be asked to call the Health Department.
"We would then help assess whether medical care is needed to protect against rabies," Klekamp said.
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