Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Rabid Coyote Shot, Killed after Biting Man in Lincoln

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Rabid Coyote Shot, Killed after Biting Man in Lincoln

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A coyote that tested positive for rabies was shot and killed hours after it bit a man Monday night in Lincoln Borough, according to the Allegheny County Health Department.

The coyote was shot Tuesday by officers with the Lincoln Police Department, the county said, and Pennsylvania Game Commission employees took its carcass to the health department lab, where it tested positive for rabies.

The bite victim, who was identified only as an adult male, has already begun post-exposure treatment, the health department said. Even though the rabid coyote was killed, the health department warned that because coyotes are pack animals, others may be infected.

The health department advises anyone who is bitten, scratched or exposed to saliva from a stray or any other unknown animal to immediately cleanse the contact area with soap and water, seek emergency medical treatment, and report the incident to the health department. …

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