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Rabid raccoon prompts safety warning in Frederick County

Monday - 3/5/2012, 10:03pm  ET

WASHINGTON - After a raccoon tested positive for rabies in Frederick County, authorities are warning residents to take caution.

County officials say they picked up the infected animal on Thursday on East 16th Street in Frederick.

Residents are asked to consult with a physician if they've had contact with any raccoon in the past 20 days. The same warning has been issued for any pets that may have come in contact with a raccoon, as well.

Anyone with concerns should call the Health Department at (301) 600-1717.

Also, the non-profit group Uniting to Save Animals is offering a rabies vaccination clinic for pets Saturday at Shockley Honda, 7400 Shockley Drive in Frederick. For more information, call Animal Control at 301-600-1546.

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