Raccoon near Carnegie-Scott Township border tests positive for rabies
A raccoon in Scott Township and near the Carnegie border tested positive for rabies, an Allegheny County Health Department spokesman said Friday.
The raccoon was found in the 2000 block of Greentree Road in Scott.
“We strongly urge all residents to stay away from wild or stray animals, but especially Scott and Carnegie residents in the area where the rabid raccoon was found,” health department Director Dr. Karen Hacker said in a statement. “Residents should notify their local animal control service, the police or the Pennsylvania Game Commission, if any animal appears to be acting strange or becomes threatening.”
Rabies is transmitted by an animal bite or scratch and is almost always fatal when left untreated, the county health department said.
An individual who is bitten, scratched or exposed to saliva should cleanse the area with soap and water, seek medical treatment and call the county health department at 412-687-2243.
So far this year, 12 rabid animals have been reported in the county, including five bats, five raccoons, a cat and a skunk, the county health department said.