On Monday, September 1, 2014, a raccoon that was acting aggressively was captured at the Irvington waterfront, 1 Bridge Street and has tested positive for rabies. The raccoon was observed attacking several cats, two of which were killed and one that managed to run away.
Please call the Westchester County Department of Health, immediately at (914) 813-5000 if you believe that you, a family member or your pet may have had any contact with this raccoon or the injured cat that it attacked.
Anyone bitten by a rabid animal or having contact with its saliva may need to receive immediate post-exposure rabies treatment. When administered early enough, before symptoms develop, the treatment is 100% effective. Once symptoms occur in humans or animals, the disease is fatal.
To protect yourself from rabies, NEVER feed, handle or approach wild or stray animals.