NYC to vaccinate raccoons near Central Park

February 16, 2010 1:54:19 PM PST
The New York City Health Department will begin vaccinating raccoons in and around Central Park following a recent outbreak. Health officials said Tuesday that so far this year they've documented 39 cases of rabies among raccoons in Manhattan.

Since December, rabid raccoons have bitten one dog and one human. A second human was exposed when she took a raccoon to the vet for treatment.

None became sick; all received treatment.

Officials said the vaccinations are an attempt to contain the outbreak.

For one to two months beginning Tuesday, wildlife experts will begin "humanely trapping" raccoons around Central, Morningside and Riverside parks.

The animals will be vaccinated, marked for identification, and released.

The process will be repeated this summer to vaccinate raccoons born this spring.

CLICK HERE for more information from the New York City government on confirmed rabies infections in 2010.

CLICK HERE for a map of where the infected animals were found.