Try at pedicure for raccoon could have uncovered some Mainers to rabies
A Maine girl who introduced a younger raccoon right into a Petco could have uncovered a variety of folks to rabies.
The girl, who has not been recognized, introduced the raccoon into the Auburn Petco at round 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, in response to the Maine Division of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
Whereas the girl was ready to inquire about providers for the animal, a number of folks reportedly touched and kissed the raccoon. The girl was requested to go away the shop, and the Maine Heart for Illness Management and Prevention and Maine Warden Service had been contacted.
Raccoons are a typical vector of rabies, and MDIF&W officers advise anybody who got here involved with the animal to contact their private well being care supplier.
Earlier this yr, a Bowdoinham girl was attacked inside her residence after a rabid raccoon got here into her solar room by a pet door. She was bitten on the leg and needed to endure remedy after the animal examined constructive for rabies.
No less than a dozen raccoons examined constructive for rabies after coming into contact with people in 2022. Over the previous decade, raccoons have been the main supply of rabies-to-human an infection.
Anybody with details about the girl with the raccoon is inspired to contact the Maine Warden Service at 1-800-452-4664. Anybody with questions on rabies exposures can contact the Maine CDC at 1-800-821-5821.
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