WESTON — A mother and her young child who were attacked by a raccoon at a school bus stop last week are undergoing rabies treatment.
The attack happened last Thursday at a bus stop off of Georgetown Road in Weston.
Animal Control Officer Mark Harper said the child was getting out of a vehicle and the raccoon “came out of nowhere” and started grabbing at the child’s legs.
The mother then went around the vehicle and grabbed the raccoon.
The mother and child, who were were bitten on the arms and hands, were transported to Norwalk Hospital.
“The poor kid was petrified with what happened,” Harper said.
When police arrived, the raccoon had already fled. A neighbor said the raccoon was later seen in swampy area.
After Harper was able to track down the raccoon, it then attacked him. Harper then euthanized the raccoon. The animal later tested positive for rabies.
Harper said it has been between 10 and 15 years since a similar incident happened in town.
Last October, an 84-year-old Hamden woman was bitten on the hand by a raccoon while working in her garden. The raccoon later fled and was not found.
She was transported to Yale New Haven Hospital.
According to the Mayo Clinc, rabies treatment includes a series of vaccinations. A fast-acting shot (rabies immune globulin) prevents the virus from infecting you. Part of this injection is given near the area where the animal bit you if possible, as soon as possible after the bite.
This is followed by a series of rabies vaccinations to help your body learn to identify and fight the rabies virus. Rabies vaccinations are given as injections in your arm. Four injections are given over a 14-day period.