09/09 2014

Health Department Urges Prompt Reporting of Animal Bites

The Allegheny County Health Department urges timely reporting of animal bites to avoid transmission of rabies, which is 100% preventable when prompt, appropriate medical care is provided. 
“Animal bites can be reported to the Health Department 24 hours a day, seven days week by calling 412-687-ACHD (2243). If you are bitten, please wash the wound immediately with soap and water and seek medical evaluation,” said Health Director Dr. Karen Hacker. 
Twelve animals in Allegheny County have tested positive for rabies this year – 5 bats, 2 raccoons, 2 groundhogs, 2 cats and 1 skunk. 
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