Deer Tests Positive for Rabies

Deer Tests Positive for Rabies

A deer found walking around the Empire Court Trailer Park has tested positive for rabies.
A deer found walking around the Empire Court Trailer Park has tested positive for rabies.

At least one person, a teen named Trent, came in contact with the deer.

"Trent was kind of trying to lean it away from the tree because it kept on leaning its head against the tree," says Mike Gheen Jr., a man who lives in the Centre Hall neighborhood.  His cousin is the person who is now at risk for rabies.

"He's going to get checked out and make sure doesn't have rabies," says Gheen.

Wilma Wilcox lives in the neighborhood and says she is worrying about the deer testing positive for rabies.

"It kind of scares me because I have my granddaughter five days a week and she's out playing," says Wilcox.  "Of course, they're [deer] beautiful and you want to touch and pet [them]."

The Game Commission came by after receiving a call about the deer and they had to put it down. The Health Department went door-to-door in the neighborhood Friday, handing out fliers with information about the deer and what to do if you suspect you came in contact with the rabid deer.

Gheen says he's not surprised the doe's rabies results came back positive.

"I just automatically assumed it had rabies," says Gheen.  "You never really see a deer slobber anywhere."

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If you may have been bitten or exposed to saliva, fluids or tissue from the deer, you are urged to call the Centre County State Health Centre, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at 814-865-0932.  You can also contact the Pennsylvania Department of Health anytime at 1-877-PA-HEALTH.

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