Friday, June 7, 2013

Rabid raccoon found in Coventry; 13 people treated

Thirteen people are being treated for rabies exposure after a family found a baby raccoon and brought it inside its home, state officials in Rhode Island said Thursday.

The state Department of Environmental Management said the animal was picked up May 29, near the Scituate line. Coventry Animal Control said the raccoon was not injured, but was too young to be away from its mother. It later tested positive for rabies.

Gail Mastrati, a department spokeswoman, said 11 people from Rhode Island and two from Connecticut who came into contact with the animal are being treated for rabies exposure. Two of them are under 18.