Rabies Alert: Corsica Raccoon Tests Positive for Rabies

CORSICA, Pa. –  A rabies alert has been issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. A raccoon in Corsica, Pa. tested positive for rabies.

Location – Main Street, Corsica, Jefferson County

Summary – A woman let her 2 dogs outside around 3 in the afternoon. She went back inside to get her gardening basket when she heard a lot of commotion coming from the backyard. She went outside and found her 2 dogs fighting with a raccoon. The dogs killed the raccoon and the woman immediately bathed the dogs. She noticed that the dead raccoon had porcupine quills in its face. A neighbor saw the raccoon earlier in the day and noticed that it was incoordinated and having difficulty walking. The Pennsylvania Game Commission submitted the raccoon to the Lionville Laboratory in Exton, PA where it tested positive for rabies.

Exposure – One person was possibly exposed to the raccoon’s saliva and is receiving rabies post exposure prophylaxis. The 2 dogs were current on their rabies vaccine. They received a rabies booster and will be quarantined to the owner’s home for 90 days.

Rabies Law – Pennsylvania law requires all dogs and non-feral cats three months of age and older to be vaccinated against rabies. Booster vaccinations must be administered periodically to maintain lifelong immunity. Failure to comply with the law may result in a fine of up to $300.

Contact: Sarah E. Yurisic, 814-332-689

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