Health officials are asking family of child scratched by a raccoon to seek treatment

3:52 PM, Oct 9, 2012   |    comments
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St. Petersburg, Florida -- County health officials are searching for the family of a child who may have been exposed to rabies when it was scratched by raccoon at a local park.

The Pinellas County Health Department says a park employee saw the child feeding the raccoon a pretzel near the boardwalk tower at Sawgrass Lake Park on the afternoon of Oct. 4. The employee noticed the animal had clawed the boy who appeared to be about 3 years old.

When the employee asked the adult with the child to get medical attention the man took the child away and refused to give any contact info.

Officials say it is very important the child's family contact the Pinellas County Health Department to assess his exposure to rabies and start treatment. The child's family needs to call the Pinellas County Health Department at 727-824-6932 as soon as possible.

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