Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Skunk Struck by Car in Etna Was Rabid

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Skunk Struck by Car in Etna Was Rabid

Article excerpt

The Allegheny County Health Department said a skunk that was hit by a car this week in Etna tested positive for rabies.

The skunk was struck Wednesday on High Street, and officials urged residents in that area to use caution when they come across wild animals.

"Well-intentioned efforts by individuals sometime can result in unnecessary exposure to pathogens like the rabies virus," said Dr. Karen Hacker, director of the health department. "We strongly advise Etna residents to stay away from wild or stray animals, especially in the area where the rabid skunk was hit, and if animals appear to be acting strange or become threatening, call your local animal control service, the police or the Pennsylvania Game Commission. …

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