The Courier Life reports that Brooklyn’s first rabid raccoon incident occurred last week near the corner of State and Nevins streets.
The Health Department caught and euthanized the raccoon on February 12 after it had displayed odd behavior by interacting with someone’s dog.
The agency is planning to enhance its raccoon surveillance in Brooklyn, looking for additional animals that appear sick or dead, and determine the full extent of the problem. “Right now, it’s an isolated incident,” Slavinski said, adding that the agency does not yet know if the disease is persistent in the borough’s raccoon population.
The diseased raccoon is the first found in Brooklyn since raccoon rabies, a variant of the rabies virus, first appeared in the city in 1992, the doctor said.