Higher Than Normal Amount Of Rabies Cases Reported In Allegheny Co. This Year

19 animals have been infected so far in 2018

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Two rabid raccoons found in Pittsburgh and Mount Lebanon earlier this week brought this year's rabid animal total in Allegheny County to 19.

Bats, a groundhog, a fox and cats in the area were also found to have the virus, which is transmitted through an animal bite or insect sting.

Game warden Dan Puhala told the KDKA Radio morning news  that number is higher than average for the county. He says a common sign of a rabid animal is disorientation.

“If it doesn’t seem like its afraid of you or wants to leave the area when it sees the area when it sees you, that’s usually a good sign that there’s something  wrong but sometimes you’ll  see them just wandering around, walking in circles or just seeming like they don’t know what’s going on.”

People can take steps to secure their garbage cans, which often bring these animals near homes. “(Keep) bungie cords on there, keep the lid shut, that’s a good idea.

“Maybe a little bit of ammonia on a cotton ball or something like that tends to make them less interested in your garbage.”

 

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