Rabid Raccoon Confirmed in Larchmont

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The Westchester County Department of Health is issuing a rabies alert to residents who may have had contact with a rabid raccoon in the vicinity of Sherwood Drive and Boston Post Road in Larchmont, prior to Monday, June 6.

The raccoon was first seen early in the morning on June 6 on Sherwood Drive. It was displaying neurological symptoms of rabies and was captured on Boston Post Road a few hours later and submitted for testing.  Test results confirmed today that the raccoon was rabid.

“Anyone who believes that they 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 rabies treatment,” said Westchester County Acting Commissioner of Health, Dr. Cheryl Archbald. “Anyone bitten by a rabid animal, or having contact with its saliva, may need to receive immediate rabies vaccination.”

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.

 

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