Rabid Raccoon Attacks Person in Md.

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File photo of a racoon. (Photo credit: JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN/AFP/GettyImages)

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OCEAN CITY, Md. — Health officials say a raccoon that attacked a person near an Ocean City park has tested positive for rabies.

The Worcester County Health Department said Thursday that a resident reported an aggressive raccoon near Northside Park on Tuesday. Officials say the department later learned about two more people who were charged by what may be the same animal.

Health department spokeswoman Nedra Johnstone tells The Daily Times of Salisbury that bystanders caught and killed the raccoon. The body was then tested for rabies.

WBOC-TV reports that the victim of the attack received medical treatment for rabies exposure and is expected to be OK.

Health officials warn that rabies is a continuing issue in the county.

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