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Rabies is a viral disease of the central nervous system that is almost always fatal once symptoms begin. In Washington state, most cases of rabies in animals occur in bats: www.kingcounty.gov/bats

Rodents (rats and mice) are common pests in our area and can be dangerous. Rats and mice also carry diseases that can make people sick: www.kingcounty.gov/rats

Raccoons have adapted to urban life and may carry diseases that can be spread to people and pets, including raccoon roundworm (Baylisascaris), leptospirosis, and rabies. They can also cause serious scratch and bite injuries: www.kingcounty.gov/raccoons

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