Raccoon in Green Tree is 3rd animal to test positive for rabies in Allegheny County in 2019
There have been 46 days in 2019 and there are already three Allegheny County animals that have tested positive for rabies.
The Allegheny County Health Department confirmed Friday that a raccoon brought to one of its facilities earlier this week tested positive for rabies. The raccoon was discovered near the 1500 block of Glencoe Avenue in Green Tree.
This is the second rabid raccoon to test positive for the disease this year. The third animal to test positive for rabies was a bat, the health department said.
Rabies is a viral disease transmitted by an animal bite or scratch, and exposures due to a bite or scratch are almost always fatal when left untreated, according to the health department..
A person 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.
If any animal appears to be acting strange or becomes threatening, residents should immediately notify their local animal control service, the police or the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Residents should also make sure that their pets are up-to-date with vaccinations, the health department said.
A spokesman for the health department couldn’t immediately say if three cases was a large number at this point in a year.
Tom Davidson is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tom at 724-487-7208, [email protected] or via Twitter @TribDavidson.