Thursday, December 18, 2014

Radnor finds another rabid raccoon

RADNOR Township officials say they have caught another rabid raccoon - the fourth to test positive for the disease this summer.

On Aug. 18, a raccoon walking in the street near School Lane and Louella Avenue was captured and tested positive for the disease.

Rabid raccoons are not unusual in the area, so the trend doesn't represent an "overabundance" of reported cases, said Radnor Lt. Christopher B. Flanagan.

Previously, raccoons that tested positive for rabies were captured on July 19 on Darby-Paoli Road, July 24 near Lawrence Lane, and Aug. 1 in the 200 block of Bryn Mawr Avenue, according to officials.

Officials warn residents to give wildlife a safe distance, keep rabies vaccinations for pets up to date, and secure garbage can lids. If bitten or scratched by a wild animal, wash the wound with soap and water, and seek medical care immediately.

- Mari A. Schaefer

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