Rabid raccoons have been present in Manhattan for the primary time in eight years, the New York Metropolis Division of Well being stated this week.
Since January, 4 raccoons that examined optimistic for rabies have been found in and round Inwood Hill Park in higher Manhattan, metropolis well being officers stated in a Friday announcement.
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Town’s Parks Division has posted indicators within the space warning individuals to keep away from raccoons and different wild animals that carry rabies.
The well being division has not obtained any stories of “bites or exposures” to the rabid animals, it stated.
The rabid raccoons had been the primary to be recognized in New York Metropolis since what well being officers described as a “giant outbreak” from 2009 to 2011. Throughout that point, 138 rabid raccoons had been discovered in and close to Central Park.
In 2011, to fight the unfold of rabies, the town vaccinated practically 500 raccoons.
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“Rabies is a severe sickness that poses a hazard for you and your pets,” Well being Commissioner Oxiris Barbot stated within the assertion.
“Preserve a detailed eye in your pets if you take them outdoors and in case you see a wild animal – resembling a raccoon – keep a secure distance and don’t method it. Get your pets vaccinated in opposition to rabies, and in case you suppose they’ve been bitten by a rabid animal, name 311.”
Two different rabid raccoons have been discovered this 12 months — one within the Bronx and one other on Staten Island.