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Rabid raccoons found in Opelika residential area

LEE COUNTY, AL (WTVM) -

Lee County rabies officers are warning residents after locating rabid raccoons in residential areas of Opelika, Ala.

They urge pet owners who have not already done so to get pets vaccinated immediately.

In July, two rabid raccoons have been located in family-friendly areas off of Rocky Brook Rd. and McClure Rd. just behind Opelika Junior High School. Both raccoons were out during the day, and seemed unafraid of other animals or humans. 

Rabies is considered 100 percent fatal if the illness is contracted. Anyone exposed should begin treatment as soon as possible. 

Along with vaccinating pets, residents should also keep an eye on children while they are outside, and teach them to never approach animals they don't know—even dogs or cats. 

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