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Rabies alert for Penn Hills, East Hills

Dillon Carr
| Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, 3:57 p.m.
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Allegheny County issued a rabies alert Friday afternoon for western Penn Hills and the East Hills neighborhood of Pittsburgh after a dead raccoon was found to carry the deadly virus.

According to a release from the Allegheny County Health Department, a dog killed a raccoon in the 8500 block of Frankstown Avenue. The dog has up-to-date rabies shots and is fine.

“All residents should avoid any kind of contact with wild and stray animals, especially those in the East Hills and Penn Hills areas where the raccoon was killed,” said Health Department Director, Dr. Karen Hacker, adding residents should report suspicious animal behavior to the state Game Commission or police.

To date, there have been 14 cases of rabid animals reported in Allegheny County, says the press release. Seven have been from raccoons, five from bats, and one cat and skunk.

Rabies is transmitted by an infected animal's bite or scratch and is almost always fatal, according to the ACHD. If bitten, scratched or exposed to a wild animal's saliva should immediately cleanse the contact area with soap and water, seek emergency medical treatment and call the ACHD at 412-687-2243 to report the incident.

Dillon Carr is a Tribune-Review staff writer.

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