The 65-year-old was bitten on the hand during a yoga retreat. She began experiencing pain six weeks later, and eventually tested positive for rabies. She’d never been vaccinated against the virus.
Animal control officers captured the animal, and it was promptly euthanized. Lab testing confirmed the animal had indeed been host to the rabies virus.
The Fairfax County Health Department is urging residents to steer clear of wild animals and report animal attacks immediately, after three skunks and a raccoon tested positive for rabies.
After initially testing positive for rabies, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have ruled that a D.C. bulldog did not actually have the disease.
It’s possible that there was a vaccine failure, said a city veterinarian, or that the dog’s system didn’t mount an appropriate immune response.
A wild groundhog caught in the Maryland Zoo July 8 had rabies, and officials are warning those who may have touched the animal to contact the Maryland Department of Health.
The groundhog, which was not part of the zoo’s animal collection, had been following a visitor before staff captured it.
Two cases of fox bites on the same day are under investigation in Fairfax County. Both cases involved elderly people near their homes and happened only hours apart on Monday.
The sick raccoon has had encounters with people and dogs along Greenwich Street, Lincoln Avenue, Park Avenue, Great Falls Street and the Washington and Old Dominion Trail.
Some rabies scares in Northern Virginia are leading to a new warning from Fairfax County’s Animal Control Department.
Police are asking Fairfax County residents to be on the lookout for a possibly rabid fox that bit and scratched a woman Tuesday afternoon.
WASHINGTON — Animal control officers on Tuesday captured and euthanized a bat that tested positive for the rabies virus at the Potomac Oaks Condominiums, in the 800 block of Quince Orchard Boulevard in Gaithersburg, Maryland.…
WASHINGTON — Howard County police are warning residents in the Allview neighborhood of Columbia, Maryland about a possibly rabid raccoon. Police wrote on their Facebook page Sunday that they have received several complaints about the…
WASHINGTON — A rabid raccoon who attacked a woman in a Springfield park earlier this week has been captured, Fairfax County Police say. Animal Control responded to a call Wednesday night reporting a raccoon walking in a…
WASHINGTON — Animal control officials are warning residents in a Fairfax County neighborhood about an aggressive raccoon that bit a woman on Wednesday. Officers were called out around 9:30 a.m., June 10 after a 75-year-old…
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