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Rabid raccoon found in Raleigh Court

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ROANOKE, Va. – The Virginia Department of Health is warning Roanoke residents after a rabid raccoon was found. 

The raccoon tested positive for rabies in the Raleigh Court area near Arlington Road southwest. 

Health leaders say a dog came into contact with the raccoon over the weekend. The dog was vaccinated, but will be monitored for 45 days. 

Officials say to help prevent the spread of rabies:

  • Vaccinate your pets.
  • Avoid contact with wild animals and domestic animals you don't recognize.
  • Report animals acting unusual.
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