City of Alexandria, VA
For Immediate Release: July 1, 2008
Alexandria Health Department Reminds Public of Rabies Risks
A sick raccoon recently collected near N. Pegram St. in the City of Alexandria has tested positive for rabies. While no known human exposure occurred in the above case, the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) is taking steps to remind the public to avoid close interactions with wild animals in the City and to have their pet dogs, cats and ferrets vaccinated against rabies.
To date four animal rabies cases have been confirmed in the City of Alexandria, occurring in three raccoons and one groundhog. Residents should note that rabies is a fatal disease and is most often transmitted through the bite or scratch of an infected animal or when saliva comes into contact with an open wound or mucous membrane (such as the nose or mouth).
The AHD recommends the following steps to help residents protect themselves and their pets against rabies exposure:
For additional information and tips on rabies prevention, please call the Alexandria Health Department, at 703.838.4400 ext. 326, or the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, Animal Control Division, at 703.838.4774.