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Ron LeeAug 17, 2017, 9:45 amAug 18, 2017, 6:05 am

Putnam County Health Dept. issues warning about rabid raccoon

Officials say animal that tested positive for the disease is the 10th one discovered in county for 2017

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CARMEL — The Putnam County Health Department is warning residents that a raccoon with rabies was discovered in the area.

The animal was first noticed at the Putnam Plaza Shopping Center Tuesday night.

The health department is circulating flyers in hopes to warn anyone who had contact with the rabid animal and was bitten by it to seek the appropriate treatment for rabies exposure and report it.

Health officials say the raccoon that tested positive for rabies at the shopping center is the 10th rabid animal that has been discovered in Putnam County this year alone. It follows an incident earlier this month in which a rabid fox attacked a mother from Mahopac and chased her into her home with her children.

Health officials say the best thing to do to avoid getting rabies is to leave wildlife alone.

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