Westchester health officials are warning residents of the Yorktown area that a rabid raccoon has been found at Hilltop Hanover Farm.
The animal, sick and injured, was found in a barn on the property on March 7. It was sent by Westchester County Health Department staff to the New York State Rabies Laboratory, which confirmed it had tested positive for rabies.
“Anyone who believes that he or she, or a pet, may have had contact with this raccoon should contact the Westchester County Department of Health immediately at (914) 813-5000 to assess the need for life-saving rabies treatment,” said Dr. Joshua Lipsman, Westchester County Commissioner of Health. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Anyone bitten by a rabid animal, or having contact with its saliva, may need to receive immediate rabies vaccination treatments.Ã¢â‚¬?
County health officials said rabies treatment is 100 percent effective when administered early enough and before symptons develop. Once symptons show up, the disease is fatal.
Unusual behavior may be the first sign of rabies in an animal. A rabid animal may become either abnormally aggressive or unusually tame. It may lose fear of people and become excited and irritable, or, conversely appear particularly passive and lethargic. Staggering and frothing at the mouth are sometimes noted, county officials said.
For more information about rabies and its prevention, residents can also call the RABIES INFOLINE at (914) 813-5010 or visit the Health DepartmentÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s “Web site.”:http://www.westchestergov.com/health