Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Raccoon That Bit Toronto Cop Last Month Not Rabid, Health Officials Say

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Raccoon That Bit Toronto Cop Last Month Not Rabid, Health Officials Say

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Raccoon that bit Toronto cop not rabid

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TORONTO - Toronto public health says a raccoon that bit a city police officer was not rabid.

Police received a call last Monday from a store owner for a raccoon that "appeared to be in distress and possibly blind," hanging around a downtown store.

Two officers showed up and tried to corral the raccoon, which is when one officer was bitten in the hand and was taken to hospital to be treated for a minor injury.

Toronto public health said in an email Monday that as of Jan. 4, 2016 all animals, including raccoons, that had been submitted for testing have come back negative for rabies.

Raccoon rabies had been eliminated in Ontario for more than a decade until one tested positive in Hamilton in early December. …

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