Rabid Fox in McLean?
A possibly rabid fox bit a McLean woman in her yard on Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 2.
Animal Control Officers are concerned that the fox may be rabid, according to Fairfax County police.
The fox was seen in the area of the 1400 block of Laburnum Street in McLean.
A woman was in her yard this afternoon around 12:40 p.m. when a fox approached her; bit and scratched her, according to police reports. “Animal control responded to the scene but was unable to locate the fox. The animal is described as a red fox, with bloody paws and nose, and acting lethargic. It was last seen on Copely Lane.”
Contact animal control at 703-691-2131 if you see the fox or any wildlife with possible rabies symptoms.
Rabies can be transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. “The vast majority of rabies cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) each year occur in wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes. Domestic animals account for less than 10 percent of the reported rabies cases, with cats, cattle, and dogs most often reported rabid.
Four things to do if bitten is to clean the wound thoroughly, seek medical attention, report the bite to animal control at 703-691-2131, and call the rabies coordinator at the Health Department at 703-246-2433.
More information on the rabies virus, exposure prevention tips, and what to do if an animal bites is available at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/hd/rabies/.
Vocal Interlude to the McLean AAUW Meeting
McLean branch of American Association of University Women (AAUW) will have Anne Hurley present a vocal interlude as part of the branch meeting on Saturday, Feb. 20, 10 a.m. at the McLean Community Center.
Hurley has performed in New York City at a Lincoln Center out-of-doors concert. Currently she has her own voice studio in Fairfax. She continues to study voice with Ruth Drucker.
Hurley's other voice related talents include operating a vocal health clinic, acting as a voice consultant, and performing as a choral director. She is a past president of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
Volunteers Needed to Drive Cancer Patients to Treatment
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To volunteer, contact Leah.firstname.lastname@example.org or 804-527-3719 or to learn more visit www.cancer.org/involved/volunteer/road-to-recovery-volunteers.