Rabies is found in a raccoon

PERKIOMENVILLE Montgomery County officials announced Wednesday that a raccoon had tested positively for rabies.

The raccoon was found Monday in the 400 block of Salford Station Road in Perkiomenville.

It was captured and tested after a resident noticed the animal looking ill and became concerned it might be rabid, said Julie Paoline, director of the county Health Department's Division of Communicable Disease Control.

The department has no reports of anyone having come into contact with the raccoon.

This was the seventh rabid animal found in Montgomery County this year, and four people have been scratched or bitten by one, the department said.

The four got a series of rabies vaccinations and "are all fine now," Paoline said.

She urged people not to feed or touch wildlife and to keep their pets up-to-date on rabies shots.

Statewide, in July 47 animals tested positive for rabies, including two raccoons in Delaware County and two bats in Bucks County.

Anyone who might have had contact with a raccoon or wild or stray animal - or who knows of someone or a pet in the household who might have - should call the communicable disease control division at 610-278-5117. - Carolyn Davis