Racoon found to be positive for rabies in Mystic

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NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTIC Radio) - The Ledge Light Health District is warning the public that a racoon has tested positive for rabies on Monday in the town of Groton.

The racoon was found in the area of West Main Street and Gravel Street in Mystic, officials said.

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People should refrain from feeding or approaching any wild or stray animals health officials said.

Health officials remind the public that rabies can be spread by scratches from infected animals or when infected saliva comes into contact with open wounds, breaks in the skin or mucous membranes like the eyes, nose, or mouth.

Though the deadly disease is mainly spread by wild animals, but stray dogs and cars can also spread the virus.

Any questions or concerns can be addressed with LLHD at 860-448-4882 or with Groton Animal Control at 860-441-6709.