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Rabid raccoon found in Castle Shannon

Emily Balser
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Another raccoon has tested positive for rabies in Allegheny County, officials confirmed Monday.

The raccoon was found dead in a yard on May Street in Castle Shannon. It tested positive for the virus after it was brought to a county facility.

It was the 10th animal to test positive for the virus this year. There have been seven raccoons, two bats and one cat.

The county is reminding residents to always avoid wild, stray and dead animals to avoid exposure to rabies.

Residents should notify their local animal control service, police or the Pennsylvania Game Commission if they notice an animal acting strange or threatening.

Officials said rabies exposures due to a bite or scratch are almost always fatal when left untreated.

Anyone who is bitten, scratched or exposed to saliva from an animal that may be infected should immediately clean the area with soap and water, seek emergency medical treatment and call the Allegheny County Health Department at 412-687-2243 to report the incident.

Emily Balser is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Emily at 724-226-4680, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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