CARIBOU — Officials say 125,000 oral rabies vaccination baits targeting raccoons are being distributed from the air and on the ground in northern Maine.

State Epidemiologist Stephen Sears tells the Bangor Daily News that it’s only a preventive measure and is not the result of increased cases of rabies in the region. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s rabies vaccine effort covers more than 900 square miles.

Three cases of rabies have been documented in Aroostook County this year. Since January, 46 cases of rabies have been documented statewide. They include a case in Brunswick last week in which a man said he was attacked by a raccoon that climbed the stairs to get at him, then bit his leg and hand. The animal tested positive for rabies.

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