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Rabid raccoon captured in DC after attacking 3 people in Chevy Chase

(File Photo, MGN Online)

Authorities say they captured a rabid raccoon in Northwest D.C. Sunday after it attacked three people in a Chevy Chase neighborhood.

The DC Department of Health said animal control officers caught the raccoon around 2:10 p.m. after someone spotted it in the area of 32nd Street and Nebraska Avenue, NW. It was later euthanized humanely, officials said.

D.C. Health said a total of three people and two pets got exposed to the raccoon. The people are receiving post-exposure rabies prophylaxis and the pets were vaccinated and confined after a veterinarian checked them.

The DC Public Health Laboratory confirmed that the raccoon was rabid.

Anyone else who encountered a raccoon during this time is asked to contact DC Health at 202-442-9143 or rabies.info@dc.gov.

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