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Increase in Rabid Racoons Prompts Health Warning

14 Mar 2019 2:10 PM

Raccoons have been spotted a lot lately, with half a dozen of them throughout NY having Rabies.

Four of the rabid raccoons were found in Inwood Hill Park in Manhattan. Raccoons with rabies have not been found in Manhattan in eight years, health officials said.

“Every time I go to the park I see one. It’s getting very scary,” said a doorman at The Beresford on Central Park West. “I see so many raccoons up in the trees, digging into the garbage. It has gotten so bad.”

“Rabies is a serious illness that poses a danger for you and your pets,” Dr. Oxiris Barbot, the city’s health commissioner, said in a news release. “Keep a close eye on your pets when you take them outside and if you see a wild animal—such as a raccoon—maintain a safe distance and do not approach it.”

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