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Ossining Woodchuck Confirmed to be Rabid

OSSINING – A woodchuck that was in the vicinity of Morningside Drive before July 2 has been confirmed to be rabid.

The woodchuck appeared unhealthy and was captured near Morningside Drive, between Nord Circle and Ridgeview Drive, and submitted for rabies testing on July 1, county health officials said. Test results received late Thursday confirmed that it was rabid.

The county Department of Health advised that anyone who believes they or a pet may have had contact with the woodchuck should contact the department immediately at 914-813-5000 to assess the need for rabies treatment.

"Anyone bitten by a rabid animal, or having contact with its saliva, may need to receive immediate rabies vaccination," county Acting Commissioner of Health Cheryl Archbald said.

Rabid animals may become either abnormally aggressive or unusually timid, county health officials said. They may lose fear of people and become excited and irritable, or conversely they may appear particularly passive and lethargic. Sometimes the animals may stagger and froth at the mouth.

The county Health Department offers more information about rabies on its website www.westchestergov.com/health and also on its rabies infoline at 914-813-5010.

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