Rabies: Deadly but Preventable; Online Chat, 4/25/12, 1-2 p.m.


Fairfax County Police Department
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News Release: 12/115/LHC
April 24, 2012

Rabies: Deadly but Preventable

Learn about risks & preventive measures
Health Dept. and Animal Control Officials Host Online Chat              

  Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 1 p.m.-2 p.m.

            Spring is here so more people will spend time outdoors enjoying parks, yards and trails here in Fairfax County; it’s a good time to learn more about wildlife and the threat of the rabies virus. Rabies, though rare in humans, is a deadly virus carried by a variety of animals and is most often through the bite of a rabid animal.

            So far in 2012, the public has encountered over a dozen rabid animals; raccoons, skunks and bats. In the past five years, there have been 239 such encounters. The rabies virus is, clearly, present in Fairfax County and across the region.

            Please join us in an online discussion to address this serious topic; one that families and all those who spend time outdoors need to know more about. The chat takes place Wednesday, April 25 from 1 until 2 p.m. You may submit questions in advance at:

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/askfairfax/ActiveDiscussion.aspx?roomid=28



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