Public health officials in North Dakota issued a rabies alert Tuesday after a man brought a captive raccoon into the small town of Maddock.
The North Dakota Department of Health and Human Services recommends that anyone who has been bitten or comes into contact with raccoon saliva contact a health care provider.
The incident happened in the bar last Tuesday, according to the authorities.
“Because rabies is a serious disease with a fatality rate of nearly 100%, we are making this information available to the public as a precautionary measure,” said Amanda Bakken, an epidemiologist at the state health department.
Bartender Cindy Smith He told the Bismarck Tribune. A local resident brought the animal into the bar during happy hour and showed it to another customer.
The woman was asked to leave immediately.
“We finally got it out with her, and that’s all.” Smith told the Tribune.. “It never left her hands once, and there was no bite.”
Six cases of rabies have been reported in North Dakota this year, including two in bats, two in cats, one in cattle and one in skunk.
Viral infection is usually transmitted through the bite of an infected animal, but saliva or nervous system tissue from a starved animal can be transmitted if it gets into open cuts and wounds or into the eyes, nose, or mouth.
There is no cure and rabies is almost always fatal, but post-exposure vaccines are available to anyone at risk of infection.
of says the Humane Society of the United States Only one person died of rabies.