Be wary in the wild.
The New York City Department of Health (DOH) has issued a warning to stay away from raccoons and other wild animals that may carry rabies.
The DOH identified four raccoons in Northern Manhattan with rabies since the beginning of the year.
“These are the first rabid raccoons identified in Manhattan since 2011, following an intensive vaccination effort where the Department trapped, vaccinated and released almost 500 raccoons in and around Central Park. The Health Department is reminding New Yorkers to stay away from raccoons and other wild animals that can carry rabies. The Parks Department is posting signs in Inwood Hill Park warning residents to stay away from raccoons. To date this year, six rabid animals have been identified in New York City: four raccoons from upper Manhattan (all in or near Inwood Hill Park), one raccoon from the Bronx, and one raccoon from Staten Island. There are no known bites or exposures to these animals,” according to a statement released by the DOH.
Two of the rabid raccoons were found at West 218th Street and Indian Road. The other two were spotted at Isham and Seaman Avenues and at Seaman and West 204th Street.
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