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A rabid raccoon died after an altercation with two dogs in Denver, and city officials are alerting residents to take precautions.

The incident with the raccoon and the dogs happened in the 4600 block of Sherman Street, according to Animal Protection officials with the city.

“The dogs involved were reported to have been scratched and bitten,” according to a news release Friday. “It is still unknown if the dogs were adequately vaccinated for rabies, as they have not been located since the altercation.”

The dead raccoon tested positive for rabies. The incident is an opportunity to remind “residents to ensure pets are vaccinated,” the release said.

Rabies is a viral infection that affects the nervous system of animals and humans, including inflammation of the brain. It can be fatal. Humans and animals become infected through contact with infected carriers.

Early symptoms can include fever and tingling at the site of exposure. Officials recommend that people not feed or touch wild or stray animals. Pets vaccinations should be kept up to date.

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