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ACO urges caution after rabid raccoon find



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October 10, 2011
CHARLTON — Town animal control officers are urging residents to beware after a raccoon recently tested positive for the rabies virus.

According to Animal Inspector and Control Officer Ann Sellew, she found and tested the animal last month, after she was called to a home on Willis Drive. After attacking a dog, the raccoon was killed by the dog's owner, and fluid from the infected animal left the man and his dog exposed to the virus.

"We don't test unless there's exposure, and in this case there was," Sellew said.

Rabies, a disease that is spread through the saliva or brain/nervous system tissue of an infected animal, causes acute inflammation in the brain and can be fatal unless treated promptly.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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