Larchmont: A Third Rabies Case


A second rabid raccoon — the third rabid animal of the summer — has been found in Larchmont, according to county health officials.

Residents on Wednesday received a call confirming that  a raccoon trapped on Stuyvesant Avenue Sept. 2 tested positive for rabies.  Individuals who may have been in contact with the animal should call the health department at 813-5000 to determine whether they should get treatment for the disease.

The raccoon is the third rabid animal of the summer found in Larchmont.  A rabid skunk was trapped on Sherwood Oval in August. In June, a rabid raccoon was found near Sherwood Drive and Boston Post Road.

The local cases are part of a rash of rabies throughout Westchester County this summer. Health officials issued a rabies alert in July after the 25th case was discovered.




4 thoughts on “Larchmont: A Third Rabies Case

  1. An additional problem is that the 911 operators can be dismissive of reports of possible rabies cases…When I called in the rabid skunk in Sherwood Oval in August, the response was something to the effect of, “In case you haven’t noticed, we’ve had several days in a row of rain. When you live in a hole, as skunks do, and your home fills with water, you have to leave. I’ve had 3 or 4 other calls about skunks out in daylight today and this is why.” The operator did not take it seriously. I ended up calling back and basically DEMANDED that he send the police to check out the skunk…which they did, and it was indeed rabid. It was lethargic, lying out in the open, something a healthy skunk would never do, rain or no rain! The police, I should mention, in great contrast to the 911 operator, were very professional and almost immediately recognized that something was amiss with this skunk…they trapped it creatively and called the professional trapper to come remove it almost immediately. I will call them directly, next time, and skip 911!

  2. Stephanie, that is a wild, scary story.

    All these animals– raccoons, squirrels, rats, mice, pidgeons and deer– are the only ones that have figured out how to live with humans. Loss of habitat and no predators contribute to overcrowding, which encourages disease. It’s important to have a culling program (sorry, PETA), and to preserve as much open, wild space as possible.

  3. The problem isn’t that rabies has been spreading but that the town hasn’t been able to do anything about our raccoon and skunk problem. A raccoon got in our home and climbed into bed with us back in 2005(a very docile and rabid raccoon which many people don’t realize is another sign of rabies). We were treated with 8 weeks of injections by the Health Department in New Rochelle. We were told by the mayors office, police department and sanitation department that they really couldn’t do anything since they were on our property. The sanitation guys tried to locate nests where we thought they were coming from near Pine Brook Drive. We trapped 5 raccoons that fall and had them removed from our house by a local trapper at $150 each…we still have raccoon issues. The sad thing about these current cases is that the Health Dept. in 2005 told us that Rabies is a huge problem in Westchester and not talked about enough and most people don’t understand all the signs of rabies. We have a Children’s Hospital named after Maria Fareri because of her death from rabies here in Westchester but yet nothing has been accomplished to stop the continual infection of raccoons, bats, squirrels, skunks and pets. I am happy to get the messages from the reverse 911s about the rabid animals but I rather have the problem eliminated all together.

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