Community Safety Notice – for summer workers, Staff and Faculty
On Monday, May 26, 2013, Public Safety received a report of a raccoon acting strangely behind Ross Dining. The responding officer spotted the animal, called the Middlebury Animal Control Officer, and the animal was removed from campus.
Today the Animal Control Officer informed us that the raccoon tested positive for rabies. We do not believe that anyone came in contact with this animal, but we wanted to alert everyone of the situation.
- Do not approach or attempt to aid injured or orphaned animals - especially wild animals.
- If you see an injured animal or any animal behaving strangely, please contact Public Safety or the Middlebury Police.
Please take a moment to review these safety tips from the State of Vermont Department of Health. The full text can be found at http://healthvermont.gov/prevent/rabies/Rabies.aspx
Rabies in Vermont
Rabies is a fatal viral disease found mainly in wildlife (especially raccoons, foxes, bats, skunks and woodchucks) but can infect domestic animals and humans.
Hundreds of cases of animal rabies have been reported throughout Vermont since 1992 and the outbreak will continue to be a problem for many years.
No one can tell if an animal has rabies by looking at it. Rabid animals may seem normal or can be lethargic or aggressive. Usually there is a change in normal behavior. Any animal wounded by a wild animal not available for testing must be regarded as having been exposed to rabies.
Rabies is mainly transmitted by a bite
If an animal bites you: Wash the wound immediately.
Call your doctor
Rare non-bite exposures can occur if wet infectious saliva or nerve tissue contacts a fresh open wound or the eyes, nose or mouth. Rabies virus is not found in blood, urine, feces or skunk spray.
People are advised to avoid any animal that exhibits strange behavior. Don't try and trap or capture the animal yourself. Call the Rabies Hotline at 1-800-472-2437 (800-4-RABIES) or 1-802-223-8697.