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St. Lawrence County has second rabies case

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CANTON — A second raccoon has tested positive for rabies in St. Lawrence County, this time in Canton.

The raccoon was behaving oddly and seemed sick, so it was submitted to the state lab for rabies testing.

It was identified as a female raccoon still producing milk for its young. The St. Lawrence County Public Health Department is warning the public to be aware there may be young raccoons infected with the rabies virus from their mother.

The public should not handle wildlife, especially raccoons, skunks or bats, the most common carriers of rabies. Pet owners are reminded to keep their animals’ vaccinations against rabies up to date.

For more information on rabies or for questions about possible exposure, call Public Health at 386-2325.

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