PITTSBURGH (AP) – Health officials are warning western Pennsylvania residents that two more raccoons in the Pittsburgh area have tested positive for rabies.READ MORE: Pittsburgh Lawyers React To Derek Chauvin Being Found Guilty Of George Floyd's Murder
The Allegheny County health department says the first raccoon was found this week in the city’s Morningside neighborhood. The second was found in the borough of Pleasant Hills near Jefferson Hills.READ MORE: Columbus Police Show Body Camera Footage Of Officer Fatally Shooting 16-Year-Old Girl
Rabies is a virus transmitted by an animal bite or scratch; exposures are almost always fatal when left untreated. Residents are being warned to avoid stray animals and wildlife, even if the animals appear healthy.
Officials say this is the 23rd rabid animal reported in the county this year: there have been 12 raccoons, seven bats, two cats, a groundhog and a fox.MORE NEWS: Southwestern Pa. Police Officers React To Derek Chauvin's Guilty Verdict
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