According to a statement by Arlington Police Chief Julie Fleherty and Health and Human Services Director Christine Bongierno, a child under 5 suffered bites and scratches before chasing the mother’s sawmill.
The child was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital and is expected to recover.
Health officials said that police searched the area and found a recticon acting on Buana Vista Road around 5:40 pm. The animal was believed to be the one who attacked the child and was rendered insensible.
Arlington Animal Control brought rabies to a state testing site to test for rabies. The Department of Health and Human Services was informed on Friday that rabies tested positive for rabies.
“We do not believe that there is any current threat to the community, we wanted to inform residents about the incident, so they can be cautious about protecting their loved ones and pets,” a statement by Fleherty said in. “Our thoughts go out to the family and the young child, who had to face this frightening result. If anyone notices a wild animal acting aggressively or strangely, to report them immediately 781 Should call the Arlington Police Department at -643-1212. ” Avoid the animal in question and do not approach it. “
Rabies is a serious disease that affects the brain and spinal cord in mammals, including humans. The Arlington Police Department and the Department of Health and Human Services shared the following tips to help prevent the spread of rabies:
“Rabies can turn wild animals extremely aggressive towards humans and pets,” Bongiorno said. “It is always important to make sure never to contact or feed with wild animals. Keeping your trash covered and not leaving pet food outside your home are helpful ways to prevent attracting unwanted wild animals to our neighborhood.” Can. “