A raccoon in Old Lyme has tested positive for rabies.
According to Ledge Light Health District, a raccoon in the area of Long Acre Lane was tested and found to be positive for rabies on Aug. 27.
They warn that rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that can infect all warm-blooded animals, including people, and it lives in the saliva and brain tissue of infected animals.
Rabies can be spread by scratches or saliva from infected animals and the health district urges people to avoid feeding or approaching wild or stray animals.
Anyone with questions or concerns should call the Ledge Light Health District at 448-4882 ext. 1307 or the Animal Control Officer at 860-437-3047.