On September 6th, a rabid raccoon was captured in Clifton, New Jersey after a local resident noticed the animal acting sickly. The raccoon was caught, and brought to the New Jersey Department of Health & Senior Services Public Health Laboratories for testing and treatment. Luckily, the resident noticed the diseased raccoon, and was able to recognize the signs of rabies.
It is important to know the signs and symptoms associated in the event that you encounter a wild animal or pet that might be afflicted with it. Common symptoms include excessive salivating (including drooling and/or foaming at the mouth), dilated pupils, muscle spasms, light sensitivity, fever, seizures, coma, and even death. In nocturnal animals, increased activity in daylight hours can be common.