Two animals located less than a mile apart have tested positive for rabies, according to the Fairfax County Health Department.
Health officials are urging residents to stay away from wild animals and report animal attacks to the count immediately after a dog and raccoon and a groundhog tested positive for rabies within the last month.
On August 16, the groundhog was killed by a dog on the 2500 block of Brofferton Court. The raccoon was killed by a dog in a yard on the 12800. Block of Pinecrest Road on September 13.
Health officials believe the animals may have had contact with other people or pets.
Rabies is a fatal but preventable viral disease. It can spread to people and pets if they are bitten or scratched by a rabid animal. The virus attacks the central nervous system and causes death if medical treatment is not sought immediately.
Residents who suspect an animal has rabies should call the Fairfax County Animal Protection Police at 703-691-2131.
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