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Allegheny County Health Department advising residents of rabid raccoon in Marshall

| Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 6:09 p.m.

The Allegheny County Health Department is advising residents in Marshall Township of a rabid raccoon found under a house in the 2000 block of Warrendale Bayne Road.

“Well-intentioned efforts by individuals sometimes can result in unnecessary exposure to pathogens like the rabies virus,” said health department Director Dr. Karen Hacker.

“We strongly advise Marshall residents to stay away from wild or stray animals, especially in the area where the rabid raccoon was. And if animals appear to be acting strange or become threatening, call your local animal control service, the police or the Pennsylvania Game Commission.”

Hacker said residents should have their pets vaccinated for rabies and watch for unusual behavior.

The rabies virus is transmitted by an animal bite or scratch and is almost always fatal if untreated.

Anyone who is bitten, scratched or otherwise exposed to saliva from a stray or other animal should cleanse the contact area with soap and water, seek emergency medical treatment and call the health department at 412-687-2243 to report the incident.

So far this year, a total of five rabid animals have been reported in Allegheny County — two bats and three raccoons.

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