Heath district warns residents of rabies risk
On July 25, a raccoon was involved in an altercation with several barn cats off of White Hall Road in Frederick County, according to a news release from the Lord Fairfax Health District.
The raccoon did test positive for rabies, but no longer poses a threat.
The health district is reminding residents to never approach or touch wild animals and to avoid stray cats and dogs. In addition, residents should vaccinate all cats, dogs and ferrets against rabies, even if they don’t go outdoors.
If bitten, scratched or licked by any of these animals, seek medical attention immediately. Rabies is fatal to both animals and humans once symptoms begin, but it can be prevented in humans if they receive vaccine and medication soon after exposure.
Those with questions should contact the Frederick/Winchester Health Department at 540-722-3470.
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