Rabies Alert Issued After Woman Brings Raccoon Into North Dakota Bar

MADDOCK, N.D. (AP) — A girl walked right into a North Dakota bar carrying a raccoon, main well being officers to warn those that had contact with the animal about attainable rabies publicity.

Bartender Cindy Smith stated she was serving drinks on the Maddock Bar final week when a neighborhood resident introduced within the animal throughout glad hour. There have been about 10 folks within the saloon on the time, she stated.

Smith stated she instantly requested the girl to depart however as an alternative she took the raccoon across the bar to point out one other buyer. The girl finally departed with the animal after about 5 minutes.

“We finally got her out with it, and that’s all that happened,” Smith informed The Bismarck Tribune. “It never left her arms one time, and there was absolutely no biting.”

Maddock is city of about 500 folks situated about 85 miles (137 kilometers) from the Canadian border.

Rabies is a viral an infection that impacts mammals, together with people. In an alert issued Tuesday, North Dakota’s Well being and Human Companies Division is asking anybody who could have been bitten or had contact with the raccoon’s saliva to hunt medical care.

“Because rabies is such a serious disease with a nearly 100% fatality rate, we are making this information available to the public as a precautionary measure,” epidemiologist Amanda Bakken stated in an announcement.

Six rabid animals have been reported in North Dakota this yr, together with two bats, two cats, one bovine and one skunk.

Stated Smith, “I had no idea what she was thinking.”