DEM: Raccoon Brought Inside Home Exposed 11 People to Rabies

Jun 6, 2013

The state Department of Environmental Management says a baby raccoon found in Coventry has tested positive for rabies. The animal was found May 29th in a rural area. 

A family brought it into their home where it had contact with several adults and one child.  Nine Rhode Islanders and two individuals from Connecticut who had known contact with the animal are now being treated for rabies exposure.

Although there has not been a human case of rabies in Rhode Island in more than 70 years, state officials say people should take precautions to protect themselves against the disease.  Recommended steps include vaccinating pets, staying away from wildlife, securing garbage, not allowing pets to run loose and not leaving pet food outdoors.

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