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Six raccoons have tested postive for rabies in Hamilton, Ont.

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A sixth case of raccoon rabies has been found in Hamilton.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry says the most recent case came within 500 metres of another raccoon that tested positive for rabies.

Chris Davies, the head of wildlife research with the ministry, says they expected to find more within the area where the other rabies cases were found.

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Davies says the most recent case doesn't change their vaccine-baiting program that has been ongoing since the first case in early December.

Raccoon rabies hasn't been seen in Ontario since 2005 and its re-emergence only came to light after two dogs got into a fight with a sick raccoon in the back of an animal services van.

The dogs remain in quarantine after being inoculated against the virus. That raccoon was euthanized after testing positive for rabies.

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