A rabid raccoon in Front Royal has died following a fight with a dog, the Lord Fairfax Health District announced in a news release this week.
The fight took place on June 14 in the 500 block of Warren Avenue in Front Royal, the release states. The raccoon tested positive for rabies.
“At this time, we are not aware of any contact between this raccoon and any humans,” Health Director Dr. Colin Greene stated in the release. However, “any person or domestic animal that might have come in contact with a raccoon in this area in the last two weeks should receive a medical evaluation immediately.”
Any contact with a raccoon is dangerous, he said. It’s the animal most commonly found to have active rabies.
This is the eighth raccoon reported with rabies in Warren County this year. The district has reported two rabid raccoons in Shenandoah County this spring. Several foxes and a skunk with rabies have also been spotted around the area in recent weeks.
For more about rabies, visit www.vdh.virginia.gov/environmental-epidemiology/rabies-control or www.vdh.virginia.gov/lord-fairfax, or call the Warren County Health Department at 540-635-3159.