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D.C. Health Department Seeks Man Who Carried Around Rabid Raccoon

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The D.C. Department of Health is worried about a man who picked up a raccoon on March 18. The encounter has prompted the distribution of a strangely worded flier, which comes to us via Prince of Petworth.

Evidently, a guy and a raccoon crossed paths in the 1300 block of  Shepherd Street NW. For some reason, the man picked up the animal and carried it around for a while. Unfortunately for him, the raccoon was later determined to be rabid. "The fliers were posted because we have been unable to locate him," says DOH spokesperson Dena Iverson in an email.

Why are they trying so hard to find him? Because, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site, rabies is this dangerous: "The rabies virus infects the central nervous system, ultimately causing disease in the brain and death." The disease, which is usually transmitted by an animal bite, inspires funky symptoms. Though it starts off like the flu, rabies eventually progresses into "symptoms of cerebral dysfunction" like anxiety confusion and agitation. Next is stuff like delirium and hallucinations. After that, you're pretty much screwed: "Once clinical signs of rabies appear," says the CDC, "the disease is nearly always fatal, and treatment is typically supportive."

Like the flier says (sort of), anyone who knows where the mysterious raccoon man is should call D.C. Animal Control at (202) 576-6664 or the Department of Health at (202) 535-2323. His life may depend on it.

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Comments

  1. #1

    When you spoke to Dena did you ask if she received any sort of education in correct grammar?? My god, it's simply atrocious!

  2. #2

    While I'm not excusing poor grammar, far too much has been made of what was most likely a typo and that someone forgot the "ed" at the end of the word "pick." Goodness, the City Paper and even the Washington Post, no matter how good the copy editors are, often have typos.

  3. #3

    It is called proofreading. You proof carefully items written at work, especially those intended for printing and wide external distribution.

    This Behavior for the Workplace tip brought to you by WTF University.

  4. #4

    rabies eventually progresses into "symptoms of cerebral dysfunction" like anxiety confusion and agitation. Next is stuff like delirium and hallucinations.

    DAMN THAT DESCIBES RICK "MANGY" MANGUS.

  5. #5

    You have to be very careful when handling wild animals as the chance to contract rabies from them is very high. Such a dangerous move to pick up a random raccoon.

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