Animal Control Officers are concerned about a possible rabid fox seen in the area of the 1400 block of Laburnum Street in McLean. A woman was in her yard this afternoon around 12:40 p.m. when a fox approached her; bit and scratched her. Animal control responded to the scene but was unable to locate the fox. The animal is described as a red fox, with bloody paws and nose, and acting lethargic. It was last seen on Copely Lane.
Please be aware of your surroundings and keep close watch of your children and pets. If you see this animal or others with possible symptoms, please contact animal control at 703-691-2131. If there is an imminent threat, call 9-1-1 immediately.
Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. The vast majority of rabies cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) each year occur in wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes. Domestic animals account for less than 10% of the reported rabies cases, with cats, cattle, and dogs most often reported rabid.
More information on the rabies virus, exposure prevention tips, and what to do if an animal bites is available: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/hd/rabies/
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