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.

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