PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Allegheny County Health Department is advising people in the Borough of Millvale to be on the lookout for rabid animals.
According to a press release, a rabid raccoon was found and shot last week. It is believed it came from an abandoned home in the 900-block of Obrien Street.READ MORE: Amazon Air Begins Daily Cargo Service At Pittsburgh International Airport
The Health Department reminds all county residents to avoid contact with wild animals and have their pets vaccinated for rabies.
“We strongly advise Millvale residents to stay away from wild or stray animals, especially in the area of the abandoned building where the rabid raccoon is believed to have frequented” said Health Department Director, Dr. Karen Hacker. “If animals appear to be acting strangely or become threatening, call your local animal control service, the police or the Pennsylvania Game Commission.”READ MORE: Computer Chip Shortage Causing A Slow Down In The New Car Market
Any individual who is bitten, scratched or otherwise exposed to saliva from a stray or any other animal, should immediately cleanse the contact area with soap and water, seek emergency medical treatment and call the Allegheny County Health Department, 412-687-2243, to report the incident.MORE NEWS: Truck Rollover Causing Traffic Delay On I-70 Eastbound
Four rabid animals have been reported in Allegheny County this year — a bat in Mt. Lebanon, a bat in Bethel Park, and a raccoon in Verona, all reported in January or February, as well as the raccoon in Millvale.