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Rabid 'suspect' raccoon caught in Fairfax County

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (WUSA9) -- Animal Control captured a suspect raccoon that could be responsible for biting a woman Wednesday morning in a Springfield park, police said.

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Animal Control responded to the report of a raccoon that was "walking in a wobbly manner" close to a walking path at Monarch Oak Lane and Oak Hollow lane, close to a creek, according to Fairfax County police.

The raccoon was first moving slowly, however then rushed the officer who then captured it without getting hurt on Wednesday evening.

The raccoon was tested and came back positive for the rabies virus on Thursday, police said. Police cannot be 100 percent sure that this is in fact the same animal that bit a woman on Wednesday morning, however based off of calculations they believe it it.

All of the trails at the South Run Rec Center have now been reopened.

More information on the rabies virus, exposure prevention tips, and what to do if an animal bites is available:

Man attacked by rabid raccoon in Springfield


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