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Rabid raccoon found in Annapolis park

A raccoon found in Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis has tested positive for rabies, and health officials are looking for any person or pet who may have come in contact with it.

The animal was found at the park's visitor center on Thursday.

Anyone who might have come in contact with it could require treatment to prevent a rabies infection, Anne Arundel County health officials said.

The treatment involves prophylactic injection of rabies antibodies and a series of vaccines soon after exposure. Without treatment, a rabies infection can take one month to three months to develop.

The rabies virus is spread through the saliva of an infected animal, either through a bite or scratch or contact with the eyes, nose, mouth or open cut of a person or other animal.

County health officials are also encouraging residents not to feed stray or wild animals and to keep pets' rabies vaccinations current.

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