health department issues rabies
County Executive ALLEGHENY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 9, 2016 CONTACT: Amie M. Downs
Health Department Issues Rabies Precautions
for Residents and Pet Owners
PITTSBURGH – On the evening of August
8, a coyote attacked an individual in Lincoln Borough. This
morning, the animal was shot and killed by the Lincoln Borough
Police Department. Employees of the Pennsylvania Game Commission
transported the animal to the Allegheny County Health Department
(ACHD) lab where it tested positive for rabies. All involved
parties have been notified and the bite victim has already
begun post-exposure treatment.
The Health Department is advising all residents
to be cautious of stray and wild animals. Pet owners should
also vaccinate their pets against rabies, and keep them away
from stray and wild animals as well. Use caution when leaving
your pet outdoors. Because coyotes are pack animals, there
may be others which are infected.
Any individual who is bitten, scratched or otherwise
exposed to saliva from a stray or any other animal, should
immediately cleanse the contact area with soap and water, seek
emergency medical treatment and call the Allegheny County Health
Department, 412-687-2243 (ACHD), to report the incident. When
assisting a pet which has encountered wildlife or a stray animal,
wear rubber gloves when handling your pet, cleanse any wounds
with soap and water and take your pet to a veterinarian for
Rabies is a virus transmitted by an animal bite
or scratch. It is almost always fatal when left untreated.
However, the rabies vaccine is highly effective when given
promptly after an exposure. The best prevention is to avoid
stray animals, wild animals, or those acting strangely.
This is the seventh rabid animal reported in
Allegheny County this year.
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Karen Hacker, MD, MPH, Director
Allegheny County Health Department – Public Information Office
542 Fourth Avenue • Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone (412) 687-ACHD • Fax (412) 578-8325 • www.achd.net
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Area of Wilkins: 2.75 sq. miles
Miles of Streets: 26 road miles
2010 Population: 6,565
Assessed Valuation (4/26/2013): $435,043,900
Township Tax Rate: 5.674 Mills
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