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WATERTOWN — A raccoon has tested positive for rabies in the town of Ellisburg, the Jefferson County Public Health Service announced.

The county public health service said the raccoon was located on County Route 90 in Ellisburg.

There were no human or domestic animal exposures reported.

Rabies is a fatal disease that attacks the brain and spinal cord.

It can take several weeks to several months for rabies symptoms to appear. Early treatment after an exposure can prevent rabies in humans and in pets who are up to date on their vaccinations.

Any mammal can get rabies, but it is most often seen in bats, raccoons, skunks, and foxes. Animals with rabies may be aggressive, sick or unusually friendly.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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