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Rabid Racoon Information

PUBLIC AWARENESS INFORMATION

August 30, 2018

Over the past few months, there have been 4 confirmed cases of rabid raccoons found in the North Section of Brockton.

April 1st             Sylvester Street

June 6th              No. Main Street

August 9th         Hillcrest Avenue

August 26th       Hovendon Avenue

Noticeable signs of infection in Raccoons/Animals

  • Appears disorientated or lethargic
  • May stagger or stumble as it moves, walks in circles or not at all
  • Hind legs may drag as they move
  • Animal is aggressive!
  • May foam at the mouth

    Early noticeable signs of infection in Humans

    If a person is infected, early symptoms of rabies include:

  • Fever, headache, weakness or discomfort
  • Prickling or itching sensation in the area of the bite

 As the disease progresses, more specific symptoms will begin to show, including insomnia, anxiety, confusion, and agitation. Partial paralysis may set in and the person may have hallucinations and delirium.

Treatment for Humans

 Treatment is available if you have been exposed. See your doctor if you have been bitten or scratched by a wild animal, or any animal if you don't know whether it's been vaccinated or not. Your doctor, possibly in consultation with state or local health authorities, will decide if you need the rabies vaccine.

This notification is not intended to create a panic or scare of rabies; it is however, intended to provide you with important information on ways to protect you and your pets. Please ensure your pets are currently vaccinated for rabies and license your dogs at the City Hall Elections Office. Mandatory dog licensing is a key element to our rabies control program and it is the law.

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