On August 16, a rabid ground dog 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, the Fairfax County Health Department wants to take the floor.
On August 16, a ground dog was killed at Brofferton Court; on September 13, a raccoon was killed on Pinecrest Road. Both animals were killed by dogs on their owners' property.
Both dogs had already been vaccinated for rabies, and after catching the animals they received booster shots. The dogs will be kept at home for 45 days to ensure they do not have the disease.
"Be aware that we have rabies in our wildlife throughout Fairfax County," said Ben Klekamp, epidemiology manager with the county's health department.
He urges people to stay away from wildlife.
"If you see a, say, raccoon walking down the street in the middle of the day, don't approach it. Make sure you call the animal welfare police so they will collect that animal and maybe test it for rabies, Klekamp said.
If you live in the immediate area where the two rabid animals were found, and you think you or your pet came into contact with one, you are asked to call the health department.
"We would then help determine if they needed to go to get medical care to protect them from getting rabies," said Klekamp. [1
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