Racoon in Allegheny County tests positive for rabies


A racoon spotted on Morrison Drive in Mt. Lebanon has tested positive for rabies according to the Allegheny County Health Department.

So far this year, 19 animals in the county have tested positive for the virus. They include eight bats, seven racoons, three cats and one groundhog.

Earlier this month, a racoon in Bethel Park tested positive for rabies.

The health department says the rabies virus is transmitted through an animal bite or scratch and can be fatal if left untreated. Anyone that has been bitten, scratched or exposed to saliva of an animal should wash the affected area and seek medical attention immediately.

Anyone who sees any odd behavior in animals should contact animal control, police or the Game Commission.