A woman was bitten by a rabid raccoon Friday in West Palm Beach, officials said.
The woman was bitten near her home at Lyman Place.
According to Animal Care & Control, reports came in of a raccoon chasing neighbors Thursday near Palm Beach Lakes and Interstate 95.
Upon arrival, officers found the raccoon dead in the woman’s backyard. The raccoon died after being struck with a shovel, deputies said.
The woman had numerous bite marks.
According to the Florida Department of Health Laboratory, the raccoon tested positive for rabies.
The woman has begun a series of rabies shots. Rabies is a disease of the nervous system and is fatal to warm-blooded animals and humans, health officials said.
The only treatment for human exposure to rabies is rabies-specific immune globulin and rabies immunization. Treatment started immediately after the exposure will protect an exposed person from the disease.
A neighbor called authorities to report the attack, deputies said.
Officials said the attack was the only human contact the raccoon had.
Officials are urging residents in the area to take necessary precautions to avoid contact with any wild animals.
According to the Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County, the attack marks the second time a rabid animal has attacked someone this year.
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