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Rabid raccoon found in Rhode Island; 2 CT people treated

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Thirteen people are being treated for rabies exposure after a family in Rhode Island found a baby raccoon that later tested positive for the disease.

The Department of Environmental Management says the animal was picked up May 29 on John Franklin Road in Coventry, near the Scituate line. The family that found it lying on a road and brought it home.

A department spokeswoman says 11 people from Rhode Island and two from Connecticut who came into contact with the animal are being treated for rabies exposure. Two are under 18.

Rabies is a viral disease that infects the central nervous system and is fatal if left untreated. Humans can be exposed through a bite, scratch or other direct contact with an infected animal.

Rhode Island's last human rabies case was in 1940.

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