Man who helped with baby raccoons may need rabies treatment

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) New Hampshire health officials are requesting the public's help in finding a man from Massachusetts to assess his risk for rabies after he came into contact with baby raccoons.

Health officials say the man was in Conway at about 5 p.m. on Sept. 20 and stopped to help someone remove two baby raccoons on Route 16 between North Bald Hill Thorn Hill roads.

The raccoons were brought to a wildlife rehabilitation center, where one died and was identified to have rabies. The other didn't have rabies.

Health officials said Friday the man, who drove a dark pickup truck with oversized tires and Massachusetts license plates, is being sought to determine the need for treatment.

State Epidemiologist Benjamin Chan said rabies is transmitted through direct contact with the saliva of an infected animal, but administering rabies vaccine and immune globulin after an exposure can prevent disease.

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