Rabid Deer Found

By WTAJ News

Published 08/08 2014 04:19PM

Updated 08/08 2014 04:23PM

CENTRE HALL, CENTRE COUNTY - A white-tailed deer has tested positive for rabies.

The Department of Health says the deer was found in Empire Court Trailer Park in Centre Hall.

The department urges anyone who may have been bitten or exposed to saliva, fluids or tissue from the deer to call Centre County State Health Center.

The center is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at 814-865-0932. 

Residents can also call the department at 1-877-PA HEALTH (1-877-724-3258) at any time.

Anyone with a pet that may have come in contact with the rabid deer should contact a veterinarian.

Exposure includes having been bitten, scratched, or had saliva, nervous system fluid or tissue from an animal enter a person’s open wound or mucous membranes such as eyes, nose or mouth. Under these circumstances, individuals should seek immediate medical attention.

The department also reminds all residents that they should avoid contact with feral animals of any kind as it can be difficult to tell whether or not the animal is rabid.

All animals that can be vaccinated - cats, dogs and ferrets - should be given the vaccine to protect them in case they are ever exposed to a rabid animal.

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