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A rabid raccoon was found in Annapolis last week and the Anne Arundel County Department of Health warned anyone who may have come into contact with it to take precautions.

The raccoon was found Oct. 30 near the intersection of Baldridge Road and Porter Drive in the Admiral Heights Community, health department officials said. The raccoon was captured Monday and tested positive for rabies, officials said.

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A different rabid raccoon was found in Annapolis Oct. 30 in Annapolis Roads community near the intersection of Ogleton and Queen Anne Circle.

Anyone who came into contact with either raccoon should contact the department of health. Also if your pet has unexplained wounds, please contact the Anne Arundel County Department of Health at 410-222-7256 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or 443-481-3140 after business hours.

Rabies is spread by the bite or scratch of an infected animal, such as a groundhog, cat, fox, raccoon or bat, or when an infected animal’s saliva comes into contact with the eyes, nose, mouth or open cut of a person or animal, the department said.

Rabies is a fatal disease, and preventive injections must be started as soon as possible after contact with an infected animal.

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