Officials: Raccoon tests positive for rabies in Union County town

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Officials have a warning for residents and pet owners in Summit after a raccoon tested positive for rabies.

The animal was found in the area of Russell Place.

According to the Westfield Regional Health Department, anyone who may have been in contact with a raccoon between Jan. 6. and Jan. 13 should speak to a doctor.

The health department says pet owners should also have their animals vaccinated against rabies.

Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus, which is found in the saliva of a rabid animal and is transmitted by a bite, or possibly by saliva of an open cut or the eyes.

Anyone with more information is asked to contact 908-789-4070, and to call 908-789-4000 after hours and on weekends. Animal control is at 908-722-1271.

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