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LFHD warns of rabies risk

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Lord Fairfax Health District warns of a rabies risk.

July 16, 2021 2 bats were found deceased on the 200 block of Darby drive in Winchester.

Both bats were collected and later tested positive for rabies.

Everyone should bare in mind that any bite, scratch or lick from a raccoon, fox, skunk, bat, or feral cat could result in exposure.

This applies to both humans and domesticated animals.

If you are bitten, scratched, or licked by any of these high risk 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 the vaccine and medication soon after exposure.

If you have any questions please call the Frederick/Winchester Health Department at 540-722-3480.

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