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News Brief: Rabid raccoon found

A raccoon found in Efland tested positive for rabies on Monday at the State Laboratory of Public Health.

Residents in the vicinity of Carrington Lane and Chestnut Ridge Church Road on Monday found their three dogs attacking the raccoon.

All three dogs were currently vaccinated against rabies but will receive rabies booster shots, which are required within 72 hours of exposure. In addition, because of the residents’ possible secondary exposure, an Orange County communicable disease nurse will work with them to determine if medical treatment is needed.

So far this year, Orange County Animal Services has received two positive rabies tests. Last year, there were 19 positive rabies tests for the county. If any possible exposure to a bat, raccoon or fox is suspected, contact Animal Control at 245-2075 or call 911.

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