Raccoons in Leeds tested positive for rabies

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A case of rabies in a raccoon in the Leeds area has been reported by Crossroads Animal Hospital.

The hospital announced on its Facebook page that this is the second raccoon in Leeds to be found carrying the virus and urged the public to make sure that pets are vaccinated.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describes rabies as a virus that is commonly carried by foxes, bats and skunks in addition to raccoons.

Severe symptoms of rabies, if contracted, include insomnia, anxiety, confusion, slight or partial paralysis, excitation, hallucinations, agitation, hypersalivation, difficulty swallowing, and hydrophobia.

If left untreated, rabies can result in death.

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