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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The D.C. Health Department and the Office of the Mayor report that a raccoon found "staggering in front of 500 block of Cedar St. NW" recently tested positive for rabies.
The male racoon was two years old.
The DC Department of Health conducted the rabies testing.
Officials note that rabies occurrences were also determined in raccoons early August and June. They advise that residents look out for any suspicious animals, including loose cats and dogs, and ask pet owners not to let their pets run loose in the woods due to possible exposure to rabies and Lyme disease.
Officials also suggest "securing trash cans and other food sources, repairing and patching holes in attics and block crawl spaces such as porches and sheds against intrusion of wildlife."