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How is it possible to tell if a raccoon has rabies?

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Common signs that a raccoon has rabies include agitation, disorientation, excessively drooling, wobbling when walking and biting or snapping at people or objects. Since raccoons are nocturnal animals and are mainly active at night, another sign of rabies is seeing raccoons active during the daytime while showing signs of abnormal behavior.

Rabies is a disease that affects the nervous system of mammals, causing them to act unusual. While raccoons carry and contract the infectious disease more than any other animal, rabies can affect any type of warm-blooded mammals. Humans can contract rabies if they are bitten by an animal with the disease or if they come in contact with the infected animal's saliva through open wounds on their body.

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