Rabid Raccoon Bites Man in Plainfield

A raccoon bit a man in Plainfield on Tuesday afternoon and police said the animal tested positive for rabies. 

The man had been visiting a home on Lake Street, in the Moosup section of Plainfield, when a raccoon ran from behind a vehicle, climbed up his leg and bit him, police said. 

Officers responded to the scene at 3:51 p.m. and the injured man was transported Plainfield Backus Emergency Care Center to be treated for minor injuries and to receive immunizations because of possible rabies exposure. 

The raccoon was found and taken to the State Laboratory in Rocky Hill and tests determined that the raccoon did possess the rabies virus. 

Plainfield Animal Control Department is urging residents to avoid contact with stray animals and wildlife and not to leave food outside for your pets and to keep all household animals up to date on their rabies vaccines. 

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