Town issues rabies alert after 2 raccoons test positive

By The Associated Press | Posted - Apr. 29, 2015 at 11:40 p.m.



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FAIRFIELD, Maine (AP) — A rabies alert has been issued in a western Maine town after two raccoons tested positive for the disease in less than two months.

The Morning Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/1GJy0YW ) Fairfield police shot and killed a third raccoon Wednesday that displayed rabies-like symptoms on Western Avenue. It's being tested for the disease.

Officials say they're concerned that all three animals were found in the same area of town. Animal Control Officer David Huff says that's usually a sign of a high risk for rabies.

Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention data indicates that the raccoons are the first confirmed cases of rabies in Fairfield since 2006. Residents are being asked by police to keep an eye on their pets and be aware of raccoons and other animals acting strangely.

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Information from: Morning Sentinel, http://www.onlinesentinel.com/

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