Rabid raccoon found in Monroeville
A raccoon that was found in Monroeville tested positive for rabies, the Allegheny County Health Department said Tuesday.
The raccoon was discovered near the 500 block of Patton Street.
It’s the county’s 20th rabid animal so far this year. There have been 15 raccoons, four bats and one cat, according to the health department.
Rabies is transmitted by an animal bite or scratch, which usually fatal when left untreated. Anyone who is bitten, scratched or otherwise exposed to the saliva from a stray or any other animal should immediately clean the area with soap and water.
The individual is then advised to seek emergency medical treatment and call ACHD at 412-687-2243 to report the incident.
The health department said in a news release residents should make sure pets are up-to-date with vaccinations and to avoid wild and stray animals.
“If any animal appears to be acting strange or threatening, residents should notify their local animal control service, the police or the Pennsylvania Game Commission immediately,” said the health department.
Dillon Carr is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Dillon at 412-871-2325, [email protected] or via Twitter .