New Yorkers urged to vaccinate pets amid rabid raccoon scare

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Six rabid raccoons have been identified across the city, including one in the Bronx, officials say.

City health officials are urging New Yorkers to vaccinate their pets for rabies, and to stay away from raccoons and other wild animals that can carry the disease.

Four of the six raccoons were found near Inwood Hill Park in Manhattan. Officials say these were the first rabid raccoons identified in the borough since 2011. After an intensive vaccination effort around Central Park, another rabid raccoon was discovered in Staten Island.

Officials advise pet owners to feed their pets indoors, leash them while outdoors, and avoid leaving them outside unattended. If a pet comes into contact with a raccoon, skunk, or bat, contact a veterinarian.

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