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Rabid raccoon captured in Escambia County, Florida

ESCAMBIA COUNTY, Fla. (WKRG) - A raccoon in Northwest Florida has tested positive for rabies, making it the latest in a series of rabid animals found across the Gulf Coast this year.

The raccoon was captured in Escambia County, Florida, health officials said in news release.

On Wednesday, a rabid fox was captured in Fairhope in neighboring Baldwin County, Alabama. It was the second rabid fox captured in the city in the past month. In the previous case, a fox attacked two people at a golf course.

Another fox suspected of possibly having rabies attacked a dog in Spanish Fort, Alabama in May. That fox was never captured, so health officials were unable to confirm if it had rabies.


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