The raccoon came into contact with a family pet, but the pet had been properly vaccinated so it was not infected. Health Department officials remind residents that any mammal can contract rabies via contact with the saliva of an infected animal, most commonly through bites.
The infected raccoon was captured, according to the Health Department.
Rabies is treatable but can be fatal if left untreated. Initial symptoms of rabies include a tingling sensation near the site of infection, anxiety, confusion and agitation. After two to 10 days, infected people could suffer from confusion, delirium, hallucinations insomnia and slight or partial paralysis.
Possible signs of infection in animals include shyness in normally friendly pets, a lack of fear of humans in wild animals, sudden mood changes, excessive drooling, changes in sleeping or eating habits and paralysis.
Officials advise residents to make sure vaccinations are up to date for their pets. If you see an animal that might be infected, contact the Fairfield Animal Control Department at 203-254-4857 or the Police at 203-254-4808 and request its removal. More information is available on the Fairfield Health Department’s Facebook page.