From the Allegheny County Health Department:
The Allegheny County Health Department has confirmed that a raccoon brought to one of its facilities has tested positive for rabies. The raccoon was discovered near the intersection of Murdstone Road and Salem Drive in the Township of Upper St. Clair.
Rabies is a virus transmitted by an animal bite or scratch, and exposures due to a bite or scratch are almost always fatal if left untreated. Any individual who is bitten, scratched or otherwise exposed to saliva from a stray or any other animal, should immediately cleanse the contact area with soap and water, seek emergency medical treatment and call the Allegheny County Health Department (412-687-2243) to report the incident.
Residents should always avoid stray animals and wildlife, even if they appear healthy, to avoid exposure to rabies. Residents should also have their pets vaccinated, and watch for unusual behavior. If any animal appears to be acting strange or becomes threatening, residents should notify their local animal control service, the police or the Pennsylvania Game Commission immediately.
This is the eighth rabid animal reported in Allegheny County so far in 2018: four raccoons and four bats.
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