Why Are More And More Rabid Raccoons Appearing In Pennsylvania Neighborhoods?
Rabies is a well known disease that is almost always fatal once a person develops symptoms. Very few humans these days become infected with rabies in the United States, but 99 percent of rabies cases are fatal when treatment is avoided following a bite from a rabid animal. The World Health Organization states that more than 59,000 rabies fatalities occur every year worldwide, but 95 percent of these cases occur in Africa and Asia. However, last year, a 6 year old Florida boy died from the disease. It is hard to believe that rabies could become a public health issue in the United States, but an unusually high amount of rabies infected raccoons have been found in one particular area of Pennsylvania this year.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there has not been a human case of rabies in Pennsylvania since 1984, but an alarming amount of rabies infected raccoons are beginning to appear in Allegheny County, reminding residents about the dangers posed by the cute, but sometimes vicious urban-dwelling animals. Last April, a rabid raccoon was captured in Frick Park, which was the sixth rabid raccoon found in Allegheny county this year alone.
According to Dr. Kristen Mertz, an epidemiologist with the Allegheny County Health Department, it is becoming increasingly important to remind residents of Allegheny County that interacting with wild animals can be deadly due to the high amount of rabies infected raccoons found in the area, particularly in neighborhoods. In addition to this recent capture of a rabies infected raccoon in the county, yet another infected raccoon was found in Allegheny County in May, and this time the raccoon was discovered within a residential yard in South Hills. The infected raccoon was already lying dead when it was found, but residents are understandably concerned for the safety of their children. Public health officials are asking residents to report raccoons that appear disoriented in human-populated areas during the daytime hours. This latest rabies infected raccoon is the tenth rabies infected animal found in Allegheny County this year in addition to six other raccoons, two bats and one cat.
Have you noticed any raccoons acting strangely or aggressively this year?
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