38 N.C. residents are exposed to rabid raccoon

08/20/2010 | Asheville Citizen-Times (N.C.)

Officials in North Carolina reported that 38 people have been exposed to a rabid raccoon taken in as a pet by a family in Haywood County and will need to be vaccinated. A state law prohibits taking in raccoons, skunks, bats, foxes and other common carriers of rabies. "This is exactly why it is illegal to pick up these sorts of animals," a state biologist said.

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