MOUNT JACKSON — A raccoon with rabies attacked a person near Mount Jackson, the Lord Fairfax Health District reported on Wednesday.
The raccoon, which attacked without provocation on Saturday, was caught in the vicinity of Georgetown Road west of town in Shenandoah County, according to a district news release. The animal was euthanized and tested positive for rabies.
Rabies reports have been up around the region this year, said Dr. Colin Greene, director of the Lord Fairfax Health District, which covers the city of Winchester and the counties of Clarke, Frederick, Page, Shenandoah and Warren.
Last month, a raccoon in Warren and a skunk in Shenandoah tested positive for rabies, and so far this month two raccoons in Shenandoah have tested positive.
Greene didn’t have any information on the victim’s condition, but he said, “I gather the person’s OK.”
— Josette Keelor