A woodchuck captured in Ossining has been confirmed rabid, the Westchester County Department of Health said today.
According to a statement, "The woodchuck appeared unhealthy and was captured and submitted for rabies testing on July 1. Test results received late yesterday confirmed that it was rabid."
The woodchuck was found in the area of Morningside Drive, between Nord Circle and Ridgeview Drive on July 1.
“Anyone who believes that they or a pet may have had contact with this woodchuck, should contact the Westchester County Department of Health immediately at (914) 813-5000 to assess the need for rabies treatment,” said Westchester County Acting Commissioner of Health, Dr. Cheryl Archbald. “Anyone bitten by a rabid animal, or having
contact with its saliva, may need to receive immediate rabies vaccination.”
Recently, several people and dogs in Briarcliff Manor and in a Briarcliff home.
Unusually tame or aggressive animals might be rabid, as are those who "lose fear of people and become excited and irritable, or, conversely appear particularly passive and lethargic. Staggering and frothing at the mouth are sometimes noted," the statement reads.
The Dept. of Health says residents should not contact any wild or stray animals and report any animal bites or contact with animals that might be rabid to the county.
Pets should also be kept up to date on their rabies vaccinations (dogs, cats and ferrets).
Information about rabies and its prevention can be found on the Health Department’s website at www.westchestergov.com/health. Residents can also call the RABIES INFOLINE at (914) 813-5010 to listen to a taped message.