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Rabid raccoons Discover in Inwood Park, the city says

INWOOD, NY – Homes in Upper Manhattan are told to keep a tight link on their pets after straight raccoons were discovered in an Inwood park. Four infected animals were found in and around the expansive Inwood Hill Park since January, marking the first reported rabies outbreak among Manhattan's raccoon population since 2011, city health officials reported. Urban residents warn against staying away from and wild animals in parks after the outbreak. Animal owners should also take their animals to the vet to make sure their vaccinations are up to date, said city officer. "Rabies is a serious disease that poses a danger to you and your pets," said Health Commissioner Dr Oxiris Barbo. "Keep an eye on your pets when you take them outside and if you see a beast &#821 1; like a raccoon – keep a safe distance and don't approach. Get your pets vaccinated against rabies and if you think they've been bitten by a rapeseed, call 311. " The four rabies cases in Inwood Hill Park account for most rabies cases discovered in the city this year. Only two other ravenous raccoons have been reported – one in the Bronx and the other in Staten Island. People and animals can be infected by a rapeseed animal if they are bitten, city officials said. The bite should immediately wash the wound and continue washing it for another 10 to 15 minutes to kill any traces of the virus that may have entered the wound, city officials…

INWOOD, NY – Homes in Upper Manhattan are told to keep a tight link on their pets after straight raccoons were discovered in an Inwood park.

Four infected animals were found in and around the expansive Inwood Hill Park since January, marking the first reported rabies outbreak among Manhattan’s raccoon population since 2011, city health officials reported.

Urban residents warn against staying away from and wild animals in parks after the outbreak. Animal owners should also take their animals to the vet to make sure their vaccinations are up to date, said city officer.

“Rabies is a serious disease that poses a danger to you and your pets,” said Health Commissioner Dr Oxiris Barbo. “Keep an eye on your pets when you take them outside and if you see a beast &#821

1; like a raccoon – keep a safe distance and don’t approach. Get your pets vaccinated against rabies and if you think they’ve been bitten by a rapeseed, call 311. ”

The four rabies cases in Inwood Hill Park account for most rabies cases discovered in the city this year. Only two other ravenous raccoons have been reported – one in the Bronx and the other in Staten Island.

People and animals can be infected by a rapeseed animal if they are bitten, city officials said. The bite should immediately wash the wound and continue washing it for another 10 to 15 minutes to kill any traces of the virus that may have entered the wound, city officials said. After washing the wound, people should contact a caregiver to see if they are exposed to rabies.

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