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Man attacked by rabid raccoon in Springfield
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SPRINGFIELD, Va. (WUSA9) -- A man was attacked by a rabid raccoon Sunday in Springfield, prompting Fairfax County police to distribute information about rabies to nearby residents.

Police say a man was working in his garden on the 5300 block of Kings Park Drive at about 12:30 p.m. Sunday when a raccoon quietly approached him behind and bit him, causing a laceration that was nearly a foot long.

Animal control responded to the scene and shot the raccoon when it charged at an officer. The animal was taken back to the lab and tested positive for rabies, police say.

The man was treated for the bite and is taking the appropriate medications.

Police say there have been 21 positive rabies cases investigated by animal control in Fairfax County so far this year. There were 50 such cases of rabies in 2014.

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