The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) notified Freeport town officials on March 23 that it had identified a case of rabies in a raccoon in Freeport.

In a statement on the town’s website, officials said the state’s Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory confirmed the case. Officials warned residents not to touch a wild or unknown animal and make sure that their own animals have current rabies vaccines.

To learn more about rabies, visit Maine CDC’s also has a video about the disease on its YouTube channel at