Raccoon tests positive for rabies in Bradford Woods - North Journal

Raccoon tests positive for rabies in Bradford Woods

Monday, May 4, 2020 | 11:57 AM

A raccoon picked up in Bradford Woods has tested positive for rabies, according to the Allegheny County Health Department.

The raccoon was recently found near the 800 block of Oak Road and brought to the health department for testing.

It is the fifth positive rabies case in Allegheny County this year. A bat, a feral cat, a groundhog and another raccoon also tested positive for rabies in 2020.

Rabies is a viral disease transmitted by an animal bite or scratch and is almost always fatal if left untreated, according to the health department.

A person who has been bitten, scratched or exposed to the saliva of an animal thought to be infected with rabies should wash the area, seek medical treatment and call the health department at 412-687-2243 to file a report.

Health department officials also advise people to watch for unusual behavior in animals and make sure their pets’ rabies vaccinations are up to date.

Local animal control officers, police or the state game commission should be called if an animal acts strangely or becomes threatening.