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Rabid raccoon found in the town of Martinsburg

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MARTINSBURG — A raccoon in the town of Martinsburg has tested positive for rabies, making it Lewis County’s first case of the year.

The state Department of Health laboratory notified the Lewis County Public Health Agency on Wednesday that the animal had rabies, according to an agency release.

“The raccoon had been observed exhibiting unusual behavior and had been in close proximity with domestic livestock,” the release stated. “There was no reported human contact with the raccoon.”

Public health officials reminded residents to report all animal bites or contact with wild animals by calling 376-5453 and make sure pets are up to date on their rabies vaccinations.

The Public Health and Countryside Veterinary Clinic has planned a free rabies clinic in May, but the exact time, date and location have not been determined.

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