PITTSBURGH – The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) has confirmed that a raccoon brought to one of its facilities has tested positive for rabies. The animal was spotted along Spring Valley Road in Scott Township and was picked up by local animal control services.
Rabies is a virus transmitted by an animal bite or scratch, and exposures due to a bite or scratch are almost always fatal when left untreated. 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.
Residents are reminded to always avoid wild and stray animals, to avoid exposure to rabies. Residents should also make sure their pets are up-to-date with vaccinations.
If any animal appears to be acting strange or threatening, residents should notify their local animal control service, the police or the Pennsylvania Game Commission immediately.
This is the 11th rabid animal reported in Allegheny County so far in 2019: eight (8) raccoons, two (2) bats and one (1) cat.